Illinois defense meshing ideas and schemes

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Illini Productions shadowed linebackers coach Mike Ward at practice the other day, and also got a few thoughts from the players on the adjustments they've had to make to the new coaching staff.

Ward says that they aren't trying to overhaul the whole defensive structure, but are instead focusing on trying to bridge the gap between what they did last season and some schemes and things that the new staff wants to install. The end goal is to successfully mesh the two philosophies and terminologies.