Illinois has created their version of Hard Knocks to give the Illini fans an inside look into training camp.
After three practices on campus in Champaign, Ron Zook has taken his team off campus to Rantoul, about 15 miles from the Illinois campus.
The Zooker apparently loves it.
Offensive lineman Jack Cornell said, “It’s kind of amazing how much energy he (Zook) can have at every point in the day. Doesn’t matter whether it’s 5 o’clock in the morning, 11 at night, or 3 in the afternoon. He’s always going 100 mph.”
Cornell added, “I think it’s good for everyone to see how hard he’s working is how hard we need to work.”
Illinois opens the season by hosting Arkansas State. It will be the Red Wolves first game under new head coach Hugh Freeze who tweeted this morning, “So glad I live and coach in a country where we can play music and worship the one true God during our Practice. #PraiseGod."
If it comes down to a Hail Mary, advantage Red Wolves.
Here’s your Hard Knocks, Illini style.