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Zook's Pep Talk

Jonathan Brown

Jonathan Brown admits he soured on Illinois when their losses started piling up. "It hindered me for a while," Brown said. "They were losing and I was worried that coach Ron Zook would get fired. But he reassured me that wouldn't happen and reassured me about the future of the program. He said that he'll be there longer than me. He said he talked to the athletic director and he's not going..."

Jonathan Brown, the 6-foot-1, 225-pound two-star linebacker from Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tenn., will be taking his first official visit to Illinois on Dec. 5 and admits the Fighting Illini are now the team to beat. Brown, ranked as the No. 68 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com, favors Illinois solidly over LSU, Texas Tech, Arkansas and Middle Tennessee State. All of...

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