CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Lovie Smith knew he had a big job when he took over as Illinois’ coach, and his first season went about as expected.

The Illini went 3-9, won two conference games and finished 0-6 against the Big Ten West.

They’ll have a different look when they open their second camp under Smith on Monday. The former Chicago Bears coach is seeing his vision for a program that was in disarray following the Tim Beckman-era start to take shape, with his first recruiting class on campus.

”We’re building and we’re going to bring in a class and a lot of those guys will get a chance to play early,” Smith said Sunday. ”They came here for that reason.”

Just about every position is open, though quarterback Chayce Crouch and running back Kendrick Foster have starting jobs locked in. Smith wants to keep both as fresh as possible in camp.

Source: Fox Sports
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