Hansen emerges as defensive force in Illini opener

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CHAMPAIGN -- Your national leader in tackles for loss after the first week of college football?

Jake Hansen.

The sophomore linebacker tied a program record with 6 TFL's in Illinois' 31-24 win over Kent State Saturday. It was Hansen's first game back after missing all of last year with a knee injury.

In the video above head coach Lovie Smith calls Hansen a football junkie and explains how he took his game to the next level. 

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