Michael Heitz

Illinois Fighting Illini #74 - Offensive Linesman

  • Height: 6-6
  • Weight: 310
  • Seasons: SR

Illinois has bad, bad vibes

If you ignore the bad vibes, Tim Beckman and Illinois have some things going for them, but it's going to take a couple of breaks for Beckman to survive and the Illini to thrive in 2015.

Nothing But Hope: NFL Draft Prospects for Illinois


The NFL Draft Combine wrapped up last weekend without a single Fighting Illini running the 40. How do the prospects look from this year and into the future?

Illinois Football Team Awards


Illinois Football held their annual award banquet this weekend. Seniors Reilly O'Toole and Earnest Thomas III were amongst the players recognized.

Breaking down the Illinois sack party

Wisconsin's pass rush excelled vs. Illinois, showing how the Badgers' defense can excel when everything clicks.

WEEK FIVE PREVIEW: Nebraska Cornhuskers


The Illini are set to go up against a venerable buzzsaw this week in the fearsome Nebraska offense. We break down the key match-ups and offer a prediction for Saturday's primetime showdown.

Inside the Playbook: Helping Lunt Read Coverage


In this post we'll explore the early success Illinois had against man coverage, why it stalled after the first few drives, and how Illinois should be attacking zones once that happens again.

The Statistical Brain Dump: Washington Huskies


Our thoughts on topics ranging from Illini fandom and what the Illini need to improve upon going forward.

Position Preview Series: Offensive Line


Questions of depth and right tackles abound, but the Illini OL still looks to be solid in 2014.

Big Ten Media Day One Recap


We briefly covered the topics Tim Beckman addressed in his Big Ten Media Days appearance and collected the day's best tweets for your convenience.

Know Thy Opponent 2014: Illinois Fighting Illini


Purdue almost beat Illinois last season in West Lafayette. Can that lead to a real, live Big Ten victory in 2014?

Illinois likely surging, but which way?

Take the name off of the jersey, and everything about Illinois looks like a team that will still be about the country's 70th-best. But Illinois seems addicted to huge surges, backward and forward....

2014 Illini Spring Football Round-Up: Offense


With talented new wide receivers emerging and the offensive line a year older, the Illini offense has a chance to build on last year's success.