Illinois coach Bill Cubit says better protection is one of the reasons quarterback Wes Lunt has been making more plays in a 3-1 start to the season. The junior is connecting on better than 60 percent of his passes so far this season with six touchdowns and only two interceptions.
Through four games the Illini have given up only three sacks. A year ago Illinois quarterbacks were sacked nearly three times per game.
“Last year he was getting hit a lot”, said Cubit. “I attributed some of that to the offensive line play, some of that to him not getting rid of the ball and some of it to the wide outs not getting to the right spots. It’s still a work in progress but I think our offensive line is handling pretty well and Wes understands our system a lot better.”
Lunt’s top target is former Iowa Western Community College standout Geronimo Allison. The senior from Tampa, Florida, has 24 receptions this season and is averaging just over 15 yards per catch.