"I would give the nod if we were playing tomorrow to Pat Flavin," Beckman said. "We've still got three more days to compete to be that starting right tackle."
Flavin, a junior, has played in only three games in his two seasons at Illinois, but that little experience gives him the edge over the redshirt freshman.
"Pat's worked extremely hard," said Beckman. "I think what Pat can do right now is he brings a little more experience, and he understands a little bit more about what we want up front."
DiLauro, meanwhile, is slightly smaller than Flavin at 6-5, 295 pounds, but he's still learning the position. Only time will tell if he can learn it fast enough to make an impact early this season.
"Christian DiLauro played defensive end in high school," said Beckman. "His body's grown, and it takes a little time to get used to. Christian DiLauro is going to be a phenomenal football player. It's just the learning aspect of it that we've got to get better at."
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