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Freshman Orientation: Defensive Back Caleb Day

The athlete out of Ohio will be a defensive back in Champaign and has a good shot at seeing the field in 2013.

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The Basics

Name: Caleb Day
Position: Defensive Back
Hometown: Hilliard, Ohio
Height: 6'1
Weight: 190
Stars: Rivals 4, 247Sports 3, ESPN 3

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While Caleb will be a defensive back in Champaign he was listed by every recruiting service as an athlete, and there's a reason for it. Because Caleb is a very good athlete. In his senior season at Hilliard Darby Day rushed for 463 yards and 9 touchdown and also caught 32 passes for 490 yards and another 6 touchdowns. On defense he had 45 tackles, 5 interceptions, 13 passes broken up and 2 fumble recoveries. All of which resulted in Day being named First Team All-State.

As if all of that wasn't enough, Day was also a state qualifier in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles as a junior and sophomore respectively.

So, yes, he is most definitely an athlete, and one that has a chance to contribute to this football team right away in 2013. The Illini lose a lot of players from their secondary going into next year, and there's a lot of young talent behind those seniors. And while Zane Petty is likely to take one safety spot, Day could be one of the members of this freshman class that find themselves on the field quite a bit this season.

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