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RG Verdis Brown Gets First Career Start Friday at No. 14 Wisconsin

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — While Lovie Smith may be refusing to produce an official 2020 depth chart, the Illinois fifth-year head coach was happy to confirm the final offensive line starting spot.

When asked about specific players who have stood out in this September version of training camp, Smith first mentioned first one of the two players vying for that open right guard position on the Illini offensive line.

“Offensively, Verdis Brown has done an outstanding job and has come a long ways,” Smith said. “Verdis is one of the most highly recruited players we’ve had here. He’s been behind the scenes for a while and we needed someone to step up at that position. So, I really like what he’s done.”

While the injury and fall labrum surgery of Wofford graduate transfer Blake Jersaty was obviously unwanted and untimely, Smith immediately created a nice statewide program billboard moment for big

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