The Illinois Fighting Illini offense took a hit during spring practice on Wednesday, after an injury to the team’s top wide receiver. During a non-contact practice at Memorial Stadium, Mike Dudek suffered a torn ACL.
The injury puts Dudek’s status for the 2015 season in jeopardy.
However, despite the serious nature of the torn ACL, Illinois seems hopeful that their star receiver will be able to return to the field at some point during the regular season.
In fact, Fighting Illini head coach Tim Beckman says Dudek could return in October.
“This is very disappointing for Mikey, his family and our football program. He’ll have the knee surgically repaired as soon as possible and the doctors feel like he could return to the field in October,” Beckman said.
“Knowing how hard Mikey works, our biggest challenge will be to keep him on pace and not let him push it too hard and too fast.”
Without Mike Dudek, Illinois will need to replace 76 catches for 1,038 yards and six touchdowns. Dudek broke freshman records at Illinois with his 2014 reception and yardage totals.
Geronimo Allison, Malik Turner and Justin Hardee will have to fill Dudek’s void in the lineup.
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