Underwood on watch list: Illinois State defensive end Colton Underwood was among 20 players named to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List announced Thursday by The Sports Network.
Underwood is one of seven returning finalists for the award, presented to the most outstanding defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision. He finished sixth in the voting for last year’s honor.
Underwood is the fifth ISU player to make the list and the fourth to appear on the list in consecutive seasons, joining Boomer Grigsby, Brent Hawkins and Cameron Siskowic.
Illinois announces 2016, ’17 conference slates: Illinois’ 2016 Big Ten schedule will include five of nine conference games on the road.
The Illini and the Big Ten announced schedules for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
As a West Division team starting in 2014, they will play each of the other six West Division opponents — Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin, in both seasons as well as three crossover games against the East.
The crossover games will be at Rutgers on Oct. 15, at Michigan on Oct. 22 and at home against Michigan State on Nov. 5.
The 2017 conference schedule crossover games will be at home against Rutgers on Oct. 14, at home against Indiana on Nov. 11 and at Ohio State on Nov. 18.