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Daniel G. Habib
August 12, 2002
2001 RECORD: 10-2 (7-1, 1st in Big Ten)FINAL RANKING: No. 12 AP, No. 12 coaches' poll
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August 12, 2002

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2001 RECORD: 10-2 (7-1, 1st in Big Ten)
FINAL RANKING: No. 12 AP, No. 12 coaches' poll


Team record for sacks, set last year, when four defenders had five or more and 18 players had at least one.

An opposing coach's viev

Kittner may be gone, but the passing game is still a threat

" Ron Turner's offense puts tons of pressure on the quarterback to make plays. Dustin Ward is an unknown, but Jon Beutjer did show potential while at Iowa.... Illinois's big, tall wideouts create huge mismatches. Brandon Lloyd is an elusive player who makes things happen.... The line's toughness will be a factor, since they don't have a big-time tailback.... The defense isn't the fastest, but it beats you up. The line is stacked, and they're solid at corner with star Eugene Wilson."

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