"Local kid does good."
If you're following NFL teams in the Midwest, that's not a headline you're too likely to see.
Former standout Joliet Catholic running back Ty Isaac was granted a release from his scholarship from USC after requesting the school to do so.
It will be at least another full season before Darius Paul gets to put on an Illini uniform.
Jalen Brunson has a list of his top eight schools ... and a pretty good hand for PhotoShop.
Illinois football finished 1-7 in the Big Ten last year (4-8 overall), but this is a new year and the team has a new attitude.