Ferguson’s progress excites Illini coach

Illinois coach Tim Beckman called the team’s running back depth a major concern entering spring practice.

“We’ve only got really three running backs on scholarships,” Beckman told ESPN.com in March. “I’ve never been at a place where there hasn’t been more than four or five.”

Illinois is still fighting the numbers game to a degree. The roster includes only three scholarship running backs — Donovonn Young, Josh Ferguson and Ean Days — none of whom are juniors or seniors.

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