University of Illinois football Coach Brett Bielema announced on Sept. 8 that junior linebacker Sean Coghlan, a 2017 St. Rita High School graduate, earned a scholarship after playing the last three-plus seasons as a walk-on athlete. Coghlan was one of five Illini players who received the bump up to scholarship athlete. A Morgan Park resident and St. Cajetan Elementary School graduate, Coghlan is a 6’, 220-pound linebacker for the Illini. He has carved out a niche for himself on the Illini’s special teams, playing in 25 career games. (photos courtesy of Illinois Athletics)