After Illinois' narrow loss to Maryland, coach Bret Bielema said he liked the "combo platter" of Brown and McCray. On Monday, offensive coordinator Tony Petersen announced that the "combo platter" is now the main course.
"For me, just the feel of the game, you can feel the ebbs and flows and momentum changes (on the sideline), whereas in the box sometimes you can't. I felt like I was back to my comfort zone as a play caller."
Washington has seven receptions for 54 yards this season and is on pace to have more catches this year than in years past. However, it's actually his non-catching plays that have been the most impactful for the Illini.
CHAMPAIGN — When Tony Adams Jr. returned for a fifth season at Illinois, this wasn't what he envisioned. The veteran cornerback was named one of six team captains ahead of his final college campaign and was a clear-cut starter heading into the season opener.