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Andrew's John Bickel will play football at Illinois as a preferred walk-on. JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA
Jeff Vorva, Sports Editor
2:26 pm CST January 20, 2020

John Bickel could have gotten a football or track scholarship from several colleges, given the Andrew senior’s talent and speed.

But he is gambling that eventually he can land a full-ride football scholarship at a place he has loved a long time.

Bickel announced on Saturday, Jan. 18, that he will attend the University of Illinois and will join coach Lovie Smith’s football team as a preferred walk-on.