Linebacker Hansen returns to Illinois football for 2021 season | Sports

Linebacker Hansen returns to Illinois football for 2021 season |  Sports

CHAMPAIGN – Bret Bielema tweeted Monday morning about “an unexpected good news coming soon, ”closing the post with Illinois football’s new“ #famILLy ”hashtag.

A few minutes later, it’s good news turned out.

Linebacker Jake Hansen is back at the Illini for a sixth season of college football, he announced Monday through Illinois Football. Twitter Account. Hansen in December 2020 declared himself for the NFL Draft.

“The 2020 football season wasn’t exactly how I imagined my time in Illinois would end,” Hansen said in a music video. “After lengthy discussions with Coach Bielema and the staff at the University of Illinois, I decided I had some unfinished business in the orange and blue. I am delighted to be returning to Champaign and working with my teammates and my new coaches. Come on Illini. “

Hansen is the second man in Illini’s upper class to reverse course after announcing a departure from the program this offseason. Defensive lineman Owen Carney Jr. announced in December that he was entering the transfer portal before determining in January that he would return to Illinois.

These two Illinois seniors, along with other seniors returning to Illinois, have been granted an additional year of eligibility by the NCAA in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am delighted that Jake is returning to the Fighting Illini family,” Bielema said in a statement. “In my conversations with Jake, it was easy to see…

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