Illinois returned to practice Monday with a double session after spending Sunday participating in leadership activities, working out in shells and shorts in the morning then holding an evening walk-through with heavy emphasis on special situations and special teams.
For many onlookers, the special situations portion was particularly interesting. The Illini walked through situations like taking a safety at the end of a game to protect a lead or a hook-and-lateral play. Definitely some interesting things that you occasionally see pop up during games.
With the final practice in Rantoul complete, the Illini will break camp Tuesday morning and hold a closed scrimmage at Memorial Stadium at 11:15 a.m. With the return to campus, all practices will be closed to the public for the remainder of the season.
Before the day's first practice, head coach Tim Beckman showed the team a video about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and discussed the effects of the disease, because after practice the team gathered in front of a set of bleachers and local kids from the Little Wings Day Care doused them with buckets of cold water. This was in response to Beckman and a number of being challenged by friends and colleagues in the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. The Ice Bucket Challenge is a viral campaign on social media that has raised $15.6 million from July 29-Aug. 18 for the ALS Association, which provides care services to assist people with ALS and their families, as well as leading the way in global research to fight ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease. To complete the challenge, Beckman also donated to the ALS Association.
Information Courtesy of FightingIllini.com