Illini say 'identity' makes 2-1 start sustainable

Illini say 'identity' makes 2-1 start sustainable

The Illinois football team knows better than to get too excited about their 2-and-1 start. After all, they started last year 2-and-1 before losing their final nine games. They say this year's team is different and isn't destined for the same fate.
CHAMPAIGN -- The Illinois football team knows better than to get too excited about their 2-and-1 start.  After all, they started last year 2-and-1 before losing their final nine games.

They say this year's team is different and isn't destined for the same fate.  They point to the win over Cincinnati in Week 2, which already looks better than any win they had last season.  They also point to their togetherness and character as a team, which is something quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase says hasn't always been there in the past.

"I think we just have more of an identity," Scheelhaase said.  "I think we have more of a comfort of what we're all about and the type of team we want to be each Saturday when we walk out there; and I don't necessarily think we felt that last year."

Illinois hosts Miami (OH) Saturday at 11:00 a.m. on BTN.
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