Ready or not, here come the feels.
Illinois was hosting its awards banquet on Thursday evening and senior offensive guard Nick Allegretti was invited to give a prepared speech following an outstanding career with the Fighting Illini:
"I wouldn't change a thing. I'm proud to be an #Illini."
— Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) December 13, 2018
No, those aren’t your allergies acting up.
Allegretti, a two-time team captain and All-Big Ten Second Team in 2018, made 36 straight starts to end his career and was rated as the No. 3 guard in the nation (per Pro Football Focus). He allowed only one quarterback hit and no sacks in 394 dropbacks this season.
The Illini missed out on the postseason with a 4-8 (2-7 B1G) record, but finished 13th among FBS teams in rushing offense (243.0).