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Notes from Pat Fitzgerald's press conference: Illinois

Fitz broke some bad news about Trevor Siemian.

Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

Here's what Fitz had to say at his weekly press conference:

-Trevor Siemian is out for the season with an ACL injury. Zack Oliver will get the start and Matt Alviti will also get some snaps against Illinois.

-Fitz thinks Oliver will be ready because he's gotten plenty of reps in practice and gained game experience against Iowa and Purdue.

-Fitz is really really proud of his 21 seniors and wants his team to prepare and perform well for them.

-Fitz spoke highly of Illinois: "They've got talent across the board."

-Fitz on Justin Jackson's emergence this season: "Somebody had to step up. We had a big void there."

-Collin Ellis has been really helpful in the film room with the younger linebackers

-Fitz said that Nick VanHoose and Traveon Henry are day-to-day