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Illini open spring football with more wins in mind

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  • Head coach Tim Beckman says the priority at Illinois this fall will be simple: Winning more games than the four the Illini won last season. Even with a fresh coat of snow on the ground the push to get there starts this week with spring football.

      Head coach Tim Beckman says the priority at Illinois this fall will be simple: Winning more games than the four the Illini won last season. Even with a fresh coat of snow on the ground the push to get there starts this week with spring football.
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CHAMPAIGN -- Head coach Tim Beckman says the priority at Illinois this fall will be simple: Winning more games than the four the Illini won last season.

Even with a fresh coat of snow on the ground the push to get there starts this week with spring football.

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Beckman said Monday he hasn't decided on a starting quarterback between highly regarded transfer Wes Lunt, senior Reilly O'Toole and sophomore Aaron Bailey. But he expects to be close to a decision by the end of the April 12 spring game.

Beckman says the running back corps is thinner than he'd planned.

Dami Ayoola was being given a chance to win a spot after being dismissed for rules violations last fall. But Beckman said Monday that Ayoola was gone after he "didn't meet expectations."

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