The onset of Spring coupled with April showers can more often that not lead to soggy sneakers and wet feet as the throes of winter are thrust behind. It also means spring football is in full swing for major D-1 programs. The University of Illinois held its annual Blue vs. Orange spring game yesterday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign and two former Richwoods Knights stars got their feet wet in meaningful fashion.
Kendrick Foster and Brandon Roberts both sat out a redshirt season during their freshman year in 2013 and were eager to get things started for the 2014 campaign. Foster was impressive at running back as he carried the ball seven times for 31 net yards and scored on a one yard touchdown run for the Blue team with just over three minutes left in the contest. Roberts split time on the defensive line between the Orange and Blue squads and got in on three assisted tackles. http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/041214aaa.html
The Blue squad wound up big victors, but experience, playing time and player assessment are the concern in these spring games rather than the score. While Foster and Roberts are not currently starters on any of the Illini depth charts, yesterday's good showing should go a long way to getting them a chance to prove they are capable of holding their own when the regular season rolls around later this Summer.
The other interesting scenario in yesterday's affair involved the battle for starting quarterback. Three former prep stars from the State of Illinois got a chance to show their wares. All demonstrated a stumble here or there and flashes of brilliance as well. Senior Reilly O'Toole from Wheaton-Warrenville South had perhaps the best day, but sophomores Wes Lunt from Rochester and Aaron Bailey from Bolingbrook both had their moments. It is expected that Lunt, a transfer from Oklahoma State, will win out in the competition, but yesterday showed it is still wide open for any of the three.