The Illinois defense took a significant blow Tuesday, as head coach Lovie Smith announced likely starting linebacker Jake Hansen will undergo surgery for a “serious knee injury.”
That’s a tough loss for Illinois, which ranked 94th nationally in scoring defense last season. No timetable for Hansen’s return has been announced.
— Illini Football (@IlliniFootball) August 22, 2017
“Jake is going to be an outstanding football player. That’s just postponed a bit,” Smith added in a later tweet.
Hansen was a consensus 3-star recruit in the Class of 2016 and was penciled in as a starter at linebacker for the Illini’s Sept. 2 opener against Ball State, per Scott Richey of The News-Gazette.
— Scott Richey (@srrichey) August 22, 2017
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