On their bye week following a rough loss to USF, Illini football wants fans to know that the future looks bright in Champaign.

With 10 true freshman starters against South Florida last week, the most by a team this season and the most in U of I history, Illinois fans have plenty to look forward to three games into coach Lovie Smith’s second season.

Whether it’s in the passing game, special teams or defense, Illinois’ freshmen have been making their presence known this season.