CHAMPAIGN — Bret Bielema might’ve wanted to account for a number of losses on his first Illinois soccer offensive line.
As a substitute, it seems as if the Illini could retain the complete beginning unit for the 2021 season.
Senior left deal with Vederian Lowe introduced through Twitter on Sunday that he’ll swimsuit up for Illinois subsequent yr. He is using an additional yr of eligibility provided by the NCAA in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“After speaking with my household and Coach Bielema, I’ve determined to return to the College of Illinois for the 2021 season,” Lowe wrote on Twitter. “Being part of the Combating Illini household has been an incredible expertise, and I look ahead to placing on the orange & blue for yet another season earlier than going to the subsequent degree.
“Cannot wait to see a packed Memorial Stadium in 2021!”
Lowe is also following within the footsteps of fellow offensive linemen Doug Kramer and Alex Palczewski, who beforehand have mentioned they’re going to return for a sixth and fifth yr of school soccer, respectively.
Lowe has made 40 profession begins for the Illini, together with in the entire staff’s 33 video games over the past three years. He was named All-Large Ten honorable point out by the league’s media and coaches earlier this month.
With Lowe’s determination, the complete beginning offensive line of he, heart Kramer, proper deal with Palczewski, left guard Kendrick Inexperienced and proper guard Verdis Brown might be within the fold when Bielema coaches his first Illinois recreation, at present scheduled for Aug. 28 towards Nebraska in Dublin, Eire.
Inexperienced was a junior and Brown a sophomore throughout the 2020 marketing campaign, although Inexperienced — an All-Large Ten first-teamer and USA Right this moment All-American — might declare for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Sophomore Julian Pearl, who crammed in for Palczewski when the latter participant suffered a knee damage versus Rutgers earlier this yr, additionally ought to stay with this system.
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