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Dave Mona’s Vignettes: Illinois

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Each Gopher Football Saturday, Dave Mona shares his unique take on the game and the opponent.  Here’s Dave’s vignette for the Gophers and the Illinois Fighting Illini!

This week, Dave is quizzing your knowledge of Illinois:

WE’LL KEEP THIS NICE AND SIMPLE. WE’RE CALLING IT GETTING TO KNOW TODAY’S OPPONENT IN 10 EASY OR NOT SO EASY QUESTIONS.

HERE GOES:

1. THE ADDRESS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS IS CHAMPAIGN/URBANA. SO WHERE ARE WE PLAYING IN A FEW MINUTES? CHAMPAIGN OR URBANA?

2. THE ILLINI HAVE HAD MANY GREAT ALL-AMERICA CALIBER FOOTBALL PLAYERS, BUT THEY’VE RETIRED ONLY TWO JERSEYS. WHO WORE NUMBERS 50 AND 77?

3. NAME THE FOURTH-STRING GOPHER QUARTERBACK WHO REPLACED TONY DUNGY IN 1973 AND LED THE UNDERDOG GOPHERS TO A WIN OVER ILLINOIS.

4. QUARTERBACK JEFF GEORGE APPEARS FREQUENTLY ON THE LIST OF TOP PASSERS IN ILLINI HISTORY. BUT GEORGE MERELY FINISHED HIS BIG TEN CAREER AT ILLINOIS AFTER STARTING IT AT WHAT OTHER CONFERENCE SCHOOL?

5. THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS THOUGHT SO LITTLE OF THIS ILLINOIS PLAYER THAT THEY WAITED UNTIL THE 9TH ROUND TO SELECT HIM. HE REWARDED THEM WITH 14 YEARS OF OUTSTANDING LINEBACKER PLAY. WHO WAS HE?

6. SPEAKING OF THE VIKINGS, ONE OF THE BEST RUNNING BACKS IN THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE TEAM WAS THIS BOW-LEGGED FORMER ILLINOIS HALFBACK. NAME HIM.

7. THE 1964 ASSOCIATED PRESS PLAYER OF THE YEAR WAS FROM ILLINOIS. WHILE IT WAS UNUSUAL FOR THIS AWARD TO GO TO A LINEBACKER, THIS GUY WAS AN EASY CHOICE. WHO WAS HE?

8. AT THE DEDICATION GAME FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA’S MEMORIAL STADIUM, ALL THE ATTENTION WAS ON ILLINOIS ALL-AMERICAN RED GRANGE, BUT THE STAR OF THE GAME WAS A MINNESOTA BACK WHO RUSHED FOR A RECORD 282 YARDS. WHAT WAS HIS NAME?

9. THIS ILLINOIS TRACK AND FIELD GREAT WON THE OLYMPIC DECATHLON AND GRACED WHEATIES BOXES IN THE 1950S. WHAT WAS HIS NAME?

10. THIS OUTSTANDING STUDENT MADE IT THROUGH ILLINOIS IN 2 ½ YEARS, GRADUATING WITH A DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGY WITH MINORS IN CREATIVE WRITING AND ART. HE DID POST-GRADUATE WORK AT NORTHWESTERN IN GENDER AND WOMEN’S STUDIES WHICH HE PUT TO GOOD USE WHEN HE DECIDED TO BECOME A PUBLISHER. WHO WAS HE?

OK. TIME FOR SOME ANSWERS:

1. WE ARE BROADCASTING FROM CHAMPAIGN THIS MORNING.

2. THOSE TWO RETIRED NUMBERS BELONG TO DICK BUTKUS AND RED GRANGE.

3. ILLINOIS NATIVE GIL FASH WAS THAT BACKUP GOPHER QUARTERBACK.

4. JEFF GEORGE STARTED HIS CAREER AT PURDUE AND TRANSFERRED WHEN PURDUE FIRED ITS HEAD COACH.

5. THAT NINTH-ROUND VIKING DRAFT CHOICE WAS SCOTT STUDWELL.

6. AND THAT BOW-LEGGED RUNNING BACK WAS BILL BOOM BOOM BROWN.

7. THE AP PLAYER OF THE YEAR IN 1964 WAS DICK BUTKUS.

8. THE GOPHER RUNNING BACK WHO DOMINATED THE “RED GRANGE GAME” IN 1924 WAS CLARENCE SCHUTTE.

9. BOB RICHARDS WAS THE DECATHLETE ON THE WHEATIES BOX.

10. AND THAT PUBLISHER TO BE, YOU PROBABLY GUESSED WAS PLAYBOY’S HUGH HEFNER.

MIKE, YOU PROBABLY GOT THAT LAST ONE RIGHT BECAUSE YOU LIKE THE ARTICLES.

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