Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
You know it's OK to get excited about college football when a Big Ten team reports for training camp, and Illinois did just that Wednesday night.
The Illini will conduct their first preseason practice today at 3 p.m. inside Memorial Stadium.
All players expected to report showed up, including defensive tackle Josh Brent, who appears on track for a return after serving jail time earlier this summer for DUI. As expected, defensive end Jerry Brown, who sparkled in the spring game, is not with the team because of academic issues.
I spoke briefly with Illini starting left tackle Jeff Allen, who had a productive summer that included some yoga classes with teammates. More on that later.