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|Illinois Football Team Off Saturday; Zook Sees Promise
|CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois has an early open date Saturday, just two games into the season.
Coach Ron Zook says, ideally, the bye would have come a couple of weeks later. But he thinks it'll serve the 1-1 Illini well before the September 26th Big Ten opener at Ohio State and a home game against Penn State the following week.
Zook says the extra week will give Illinois a chance to get its ailing players well.
Senior quarterback Juice Williams left last Saturday's 45-17 win over Illinois State with a quadriceps strain.
Starting middle linebacker Martez Wilson sat out that game with a neck injury.
Receiver Arrelious Benn, meanwhile, missed most of the season opener with a nagging ankle injury that's not completely healed.
Zook says all are expected to be ready to play against the Buckeyes.
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