Illinois Football: Illini Spring Practice Schedule for the 2017 Season

With the addition of Lovie Smith as the head coach of the Illinois football team, comes change.

Players and fans are both experiencing this change on the football field, in the recruiting rankings, and now during spring practice.

Illinois announced yesterday the official spring practice schedule.  This rundown of the dates for spring practices makes fans happy and significant others upset.

The first practice of the year is on Tuesday, February 14.  This date sounds familiar because it is Valentine’s Day.

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While the practice isn’t open to the public, you bet I am looking for updates to see how things went.

Another big date for fans is March 4, when the first open to public practice is being held.  This will be nice so you can see the players and coaching staff working hard to improve.

Here is the schedule for spring practice this season.

Practice #1 Tuesday, Feb. 14 – 4:30 pm
Practice #2 Wednesday, Feb. 15 – 4:30 pm
Practice #3 Friday, Feb. 17 – 4:30 pm
Practice #4 Saturday, Feb. 18 – 11 am
Practice #5 Tuesday, Feb. 21 – 4:30 pm
Practice #6 Wednesday, Feb. 22 – 4:30 pm
Practice #7 Friday, Feb. 24 – 4:30 pm
Practice #8 Saturday, Feb. 25 – 11 am
Practice #9 Tuesday, Feb. 28 – 4:30 pm
Practice #10 Wednesday, March 1 – 4:30 pm
Practice #11 Friday, March 3 – 4:30 pm
Practice #12 Saturday, March 4 – 11 am (Open to Public)
Practice #13 Tuesday, March 7 – 4:30 pm
Practice #14 Wednesday, March 8 – 4:30 pm
Practice #15 Friday, March 10 – 4:30 pm

I am excited that spring practice is starting earlier this year.  It lasts nearly a month and it will be nice to see the likes of Mike Dudek and Dre Brown being able to practice again.

I also can’t wait to see how the early enrollees do against Big Ten level athletes.  These practices will help them get up to speed and develop quicker.

Illinois has a lot of work left to do to get to the point where they are competitive in every game.  With Lovie, I believe they can get to that point in the near future.

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