One To Watch: Pat Illig of Wofford

Pat Illig, a fifth-year senior left guard (6-foot-5, 320 pounds) from Wofford and an NFL prospect, will be part of a veteran line returning four starters from a squad that led the Southern Conference in rushing last season and ranked fourth in overall offense. Head coach Mike Ayers said he is counting on Illig to pave the way for what happens this season. “Pat has been playing a bunch of football for us and he’s come into his own,” Ayers said. “I think he’s a well-respected lineman in our conference.” The offseason conditioning seems to have helped the offensive linemen, in particular, get ready for the season. “It went well,” Illig said. “I’m in fantastic shape, as is everybody else.” “Our strength program since January has really affected those kids,” Ayers said, “as far as trimming them down and getting them a little bit quicker and little

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