Top 50 most important Illini: No. 21 Julian Pearl | Sports | news-gazette.com
➜ Vitals: 6-6, 310, Jr., OL
➜ Hometown: Danville
➜ High school: Danville
➜ Looking back at 2021: Pearl secured his sport as a starter on Illinois’ offensive line last fall after working toward that position the previous two seasons. His 11 starts in 12 games in 2021 saw him bounce back and forth between right guard and right tackle, flipping with Alex Palczewski, but he was a mainstay on the line in Bret Bielema’s first season after switching from defensive end as a true freshman in 2018, completely remaking his body and working toward the starting offensive line spot.
➜ Looking ahead to 2022: Pearl was sidelined during spring …
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