UCLA received a bowl invitation despite it’s losing record. This will be Rick Neuheisal’s last game as the Bruin’s head coach. After starting 6-0 Illinois set a record by losing their last 6 games. Ron Zook was fired during the latter streak. The Illini defense has the best players in defensive end Whitney Mercillus and tackle Akeem Spence. James Franklin, the talented junior tailback for UCLA will find it difficult to run against the Illini defense. Both teams are desperate to remake their programs, however, and need this win to set teh tone heading into next season.


Rnd Name Pos # Yr Comments
1-2 Whitney Mercilus DE 85 4Jr The next great pass rusher from the Illinois football program.
2-3 Akeem Spence DT 94 3So potentially dominant defensive lineman that showed immense skill as a freshman.
2-3 Michael Buchanan DE 99 3Jr Small college pass rushing defensive end likely to move to outside linebacker in the NFL.
4th A.J. Jenkins WR 8 4Sr Nice sized receiver with solid hands. Potential third wide out on the NFL level.
4-5 Jeff Allen T 71 4Sr Terrific pass blocking left tackle with a nice upside. May be pushed inside to guard. Underrated and not given his due in the scouting community.
5th Graham Pocic C 76 4Jr Tough, strong and intelligent center with good size and strength. Bends well and adjusts nicely for such a large blocker.
FA Terry Hawthorne CB 1 3Jr Developing cornerback that’s shown flashes yet must pull his game together.
FA Trulon Henry S 9 4Sr Imposing looking safety that forces his way up the field yet also shows skills and center field. Good range and can get outside the numbers to make plays on the flanks.
FA Jason Ford RB 21 4Sr Nice sized interior back with solid measurables that must step up his game this season.
FA Ian Thomas OLB 38 4Sr undersized yet explosive weak side linebacker prospect that displays a complete game. Terrific in coverage, covering a lot of area on the field and sifts his way through the traffic to make plays against the run.
FA Tavon Wilson S 3 4Sr Undersized safety prospect with a solid game.
FA John Cornell G 73 5Sr


Rnd Name Pos # Yr Comments
6th Johnathan Franklin RB 23 4Jr Quick, elusive ball carrier that finds the cutback lanes, quickly gets through them and shows the ability to beat defenders into the open field.
FA Nelson Rosario WR 83 4Sr Big strong possession receiver with limited speed.
7th Tony Dye S 6 4Sr Solid safety effective against the run while also showing skill in coverage when facing the action. Patient, hard hitting and shows good head for the ball. Relatively instinctive. Struggles making plays with his back to the ball.
7th Michael Harris T 65 5Sr Big, strong right tackle prospect best in a small area. Solid run blocker.
7-FA Cory Harkey TE 87 4Sr Athletic tight end still rough around the edges. Blocks with solid fundamentals and gives effort yet lacks strength at the point. Nicely adjusts to make the reception in stride yet lacks consistent hands. Has an upside but must pull it all together.
FA Taylor Embree WR 82 4Sr Nice sized receiver that uses his large frame as an advantage. Solid pass catcher.
FA Aaron Hester CB 21 4Jr Feisty cornerback that shows a lot of skill and has an upside.
FA Sheldon Price CB 22 3Jr Tough corner that does not possess next level speed. Potential dime back in zone coverage.
FA Josh Smith WR 1 5Sr Colorado transfer who showed game breaking skills as a receiver and return specialist early in his career yet never progressed as a junior.
FA Derrick Coleman FB 33 4Sr Underrated fullback/ball carrier with nice size and strength.
FA Sean Sheller T 72 5Sr College left tackle that struggles in anything other than a very small area. Limited upside.
FA Jamie Graham CB 25 5Sr Vanderbilt transfer that flashed skill early in his career.
FA Nate Chandler DT 89 5Sr Hard-working lineman with the ability to play tackle or end. Limited athlete with marginal upside.