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Illini surprisingly lose LB Martez Wilson to the NFL

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Florida received a very nice surprise earlier today with the announcement that cornerback Janoris Jenkins was returning for another season.

Illinois was also on the receiving end of a surprise, but in the opposite direction.

ESPNChicago.com spoke to Martez Wilson today, and the linebacker revealed that he will make himself available for the April NFL draft.

“I know I can get better but I’m ready to make this move,” Wilson said. “I can play inside or outside. I will be a versatile NFL player.”

“College has been a great experience and I’ve matured greatly. I appreciate what I have now and I’ve been making good decisions.”

Wilson, who was a first-team All-Big Ten performer in 2010, will graduate in May, which likely played a big role in his decision.

This could likely be the first of two significant losses for the Illini.  Tuesday, running back Mikel Leshoure will announce at a 10 a.m. CT press conference at his former high school which direction his football future will take.

It’s widely expected Leshoure will join his teammate in the NFL draft pool.

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2 Responses to “Illini surprisingly lose LB Martez Wilson to the NFL”
  1. taz2471 says: Jan 10, 2011 1:40 PM

    Leshoure trying to be like LeBron and announce it at a high school? C’mon man!!!

  2. edgy says: Jan 10, 2011 4:57 PM

    Leshoure would be taking the Mendenhall route and striking while the iron is hot (Both have nearly identical career stats as runners).

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