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Big Ten Media Days: Illinois Football Day One Recap And Tweets

We compiled the best tweets of the day as Tim Beckman and the players were interviewed in Chicago.

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After two years of shaky and "um"-filled Big Ten Media Day performances, Tim Beckman delivered a confident, no-nonsense look at the upcoming year of Illinois football.

Beckman led off his opening statement with some kind words about the recent death of former Illini Shawn Afryl, who transferred out of the football program after graduating. Afryl died suddenly during a workout this past week.

Beckman went on to point out a couple other things in his opening statement, most prominently Illinois' returning starters and the advances they've made off the field. Per Beckman, Illinois will return 40 of the 50 players from their two-deep depth chart (including 11 of 11 players on special teams). The team's GPA isn't something most fans consider of utmost importance, but Beckman certainly deserves credit for keeping the players in the classroom.

Questions for Beckman covered a wide variety of topics, including the quarterbacks, recruiting, and the defense. To keep it brief (more detailed posts will come later), Beckman likes Aaron Bailey, would prefer that they select one quarterback to snap it every down, hasn't decided who that QB is yet, is excited about continuing to recruit the "state of Chicago", and thinks that the defense will improve now that the young players have more experience.

As I mentioned, The Champaign Room will be constantly active throughout the day and week to keep you updated on the Big Ten Media Days. Expect more informative updates like this as well as deeper analysis soon. For now, here is a full analysis of the morning, as told by the Illinois and Big Ten Twittersphere:

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