Ferguson Shines as Illinois Wraps up First Week of Spring Ball

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 CHAMPAIGN--The Fighting Illini football team scrimmaged for the first time Friday, as week one of spring ball wrapped up at Memorial Stadium. There's only so much you can take away from a scrimmage, especially the first of the spring, but Head Coach Tim Beckman seemed more pleased with the defense than the offense.

"We had quite a few tackles for losses, a couple blocked field goals, which I like to see because I'm running the block unit now," said Beckman. "I thought the intensity was great."

On the other side of the ball Offensive Coordinator Bill Cubit had good things to say about his primary play makers.

"I thought Fergie (Josh Ferguson) played well, as good as I've seen him play. Wes (Lunt) went out there and did some great things," said Cubit. "The same guys. We've just got to get the other guys up to par."

The "other guys" includes a group of young running backs jockeying for position behind senior Josh Ferguson on the depth chart.

"It was a bad day... We've got to find somebody," said Cubit. "Fergie is Fergie. Fergie's a good player. We've got to find that other guy. Hopefully they come back (after spring break), and show a little more physicality and understanding of what we're trying to do."

The candidates for the number two running back spot include Freshman Dre Brown, Junior College transfer Henry Enyenihi, and sophomore Kendrick Foster.

"They've made good progress, they're all smart guys," said Ferguson. "The biggest thing is just getting to where we have to be, knowing where we're supposed to be, and go from there."

With five practices in the books, the team will get next week off for spring break before returning to the field Monday March 30th at 8 AM.

"It goes fast doesn't it?," said Beckman. "As I told this football team, we're only a third of the way through. We've got spring break...stay focused for the next ten (practices) after this. "

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