Illinois got its 2019 season under way in a tremendous way.
The Fighting Illini faced Akron at home and despite some people thinking the Zips could pull the upset — as they have done to Power 5 schools before — Illinois won the game 42-3. That’s right, by 39 points. It was a great start to the season.
What wasn’t great, however, was the injury that RB Mike Epstein endured. Epstein came on in a major way in his first two seasons by posting a 6.1 yards per carry average as a freshman and a 6.9 yards per carry average as a sophomore. The issue with Epstein, however, has always been staying healthy.
During the game against Akron in Week 1, Epstein ended up leaving the game with a knee injury and on Monday, coach Lovie Smith gave an update during his weekly press conference:
— Jeremy Werner (@JWerner247) September 2, 2019
Epstein is out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury. It is now his third straight season that will come to an early end due to injury.