Author: Jan Muyot

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Jan has been writing for Gridiron Heroics since February 2024 covering the University of Arizona and the University of Illinois football programs. He has a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Public Health, but his love of sports has been prevalent throughout his life.

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In the last article, we previewed the Illinois quarterback room. This time, we are going to look at the Illinois running backs. There is a lot of talent and potential in the room, but it needs to translate into consistency and production. Injuries decimated this squad last year, as their top four options all missed games due to injuries. This room is plenty talented, but their biggest concern is durability. Previewing the Illinois Running Backs Last Season’s Production Last season was tough for the Illini due to injuries, resulting in limited productivity. Chase Brown stood out as a remarkable player.…

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Prior to last year, the quarterback position was never a position of sustained strength for the Illinois program. They would have one or two years of success, but no one would consider Illinois to be “Quarterback U”. However, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Barry Lunney Jr. and his quarterback room look to change that narrative. His starter last year, Luke Altmyer, had flashes of brilliance, but also moments where it was apparent that he was a first-year starting quarterback. When he got hurt last year, backup quarterback John Paddock Jr. took Champaign by storm and led them to wins against Minnesota, and…

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In the last article, I took a deeper dive on three different reasons why the 2024 football season for the Illini could be a successful one. Now, it’s time to take a look at the other side of the spectrum. It is no secret that this upcoming year is a pivotal year for the Illini Program. The expanded Big Ten Conference will be in its first year, and if the Illini are not careful, they could find themselves at the bottom of the conference once again. Bret Bielema and the staff had done a great job raising the floor of…

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Year four of Bret Bielema’s tenure at the University of Illinois has enormous implications on his tenure. If he’s able to succeed in this first year of the expanded Big Ten, it proves that he is capable of restoring the Illinois football program. However, if he falls short on expectations, his seat will only get hotter. Here’s Why Bret Bielema and Illinois Will Succeed in 2024 When Bielema was hired in December of 2020, there were mixed reviews from not only the Illinois fanbase but from the national media as well. He was always seen as a successful college coach,…

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