(CBS) Illinois hired a familiar face to coach its defensive line in Greg Colby.

Colby, who was Illini’s assistant coach in charge of outside linebackers and special teams from 1988-95, spent the last five seasons as the head coach at Division II Millersville in Pennsylvania. He previously worked at Northwestern as a defensive coordinator from 2002-07.

Colby was a three-year starter for both the Fighting Illini football and baseball teams.

“He has built some outstanding relationships with his extensive recruiting experience in the Chicagoland area,” Illinois head coach Tim Beckman said in a statement. “Greg understands what it means to be a Fighting Illini football player and what it takes to be successful here. I have no doubt our players will respond very positively to him as a coach and as a person.”

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