Dan Pasquerelli and Sam Panayotovich spoke with Detroit Lions rookie punter Ryan Donahue, who made his NFL Debut this past weekend in Tampa. Donahue was an All-Big Ten selection at the University of Iowa and first team All-American at Chicago’s St. Rita High School. He speaks with “The Deep Dish” about his new rivalry with the Bears, beating Georgia Tech in the 2010 Orange Bowl and how he transformed from a straight-on kicker to an NFL punter.
The Fighting Illini finished their 2010 football season on a high note, knocking off Baylor 38-14 in the Texas Bowl. To preview the 2011 season, WCRX-FM’s Sam Panayotovich caught up with head coach Ron Zook last week in Champaign to discuss the Illini’s high-octane offense, shored up defense and early abundance of home field advantage. Plus, how will Illinois replace the holes left by NFL draft picks Mikel Leshoure, Corey Liuget and Martez Wilson, and is Nebraska really the favorite in the Big Ten?