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Illinois’ Bobby Roundtree seriously hurt in swimming accident

Praying for the best.

NCAA Football: Illinois at Nebraska Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois defensive end Bobby Roundtree is recovering from spinal surgery performed on Sunday night after a swimming accident in Florida this weekend.

The news was first reported by Illini Inquirer’s Jeremy Werner before a full press release from the DIA.

“Bobby Roundtree is exactly what you want in a student-athlete,” said Head Coach Lovie Smith. “He is a hard worker, dependable, a dedicated student and a leader. This is devastating to his teammates, the entire Fighting Illini family and his family and friends. We will give Bobby all the support possible as he battles through his recovery. Please keep Bobby and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Roundtree is projected to be one of Illinois’ most important players on the defensive side of the ball in 2019 and potentially a draft pick in 2020.

Absolutely praying for the best with Roundtree right now.