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Illinois quarterback Isaiah Williams (1) plays the ball in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa on Saturday, December. 5, 2020, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo / Holly Hart)

Illinois quarterback Isaiah Williams (1) plays the ball in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa on Saturday, December. 5, 2020, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo / Holly Hart)

CHAMPAIGN â ???? Rod Smith watched from Memorial Stadium last Saturday as Illinois quarterback Brandon Peters completed his first eight passes, including two for touchdowns, against the then No.. 24 Iowa.

The Illinois offensive coordinator also experienced his miss caller error on eight of his last ten pass attempts.

And Smith then saw Redshirt freshman quarterback Isaiah Williams produce 121 all-purpose yards and throw his first college touchdown pass during the last two offensive Illinois holdings. 35-21 loss to the Hawkeyes.

Perhaps because of this, Smith felt compelled to admit that he isn’t worried about reigning starting quarterback Peters starting at 11 a.m. that Saturday. m. Game between the Illinois (2-4) and No.. 15 Northwestern (5-1) at Ryan Field in Evanston.

â ???? We started the game really well, I thought, and just got a delay there. It wasn’t exactly Brandon’s fault, ???? Smith said on Monday afternoon. â € œThatâ € ™ s what I told Brandon: It wasnâ € ™ t his fault. I was just trying to see if we could get a spark and maybe let Isaiah run a little on the sidelines because it looked like we (Iowa) could attack a bit easier. â ????

Whatever that says about Illinois ???? Quarterback situation ahead of the regular season finale with the Wildcats, say neither Rod Smith nor Illinois coach Lovie Smith.

« We know what we’re going to do in the quarterback position, » said Lovie Smith. No, we’re not going to talk about it now like no one else does. I can’t wait to show that off at Evanston this Saturday.

â ???? There’s a place for Isaiah. He gave us a spark the other day. . . . But show up on Saturday (and) that you will see. â ????

Rod Smith pointed out the difficult offensive shift of the Illinois. out of 14 points in little more than a quarter against a Hawkeyes defense that allowed 16. 7 per game to be held well over 100 yards for seven trips against Iowa? was not caused by just one person.

He credit Iowa’s defense, calling them « probably the best defensive football team we faced this fall ». â ????

« Every quarterback needs help, » said Rod Smith. « Brandon » won’t win the game alone. For the most part, he won’t lose the game alone. It’s all 11 people so we need to make sure all 11 are going in the right direction. â ????

Rod Smith said he noted « uncharacteristic ». Defects by offensive linemen including Kendrick Green, Vederian Lowe and Julian Pearl of Danville. Center Doug Kramer agreed after the game on Saturday and called the game of the first five « sloppy ». â ????

Rod Smith also identified moments of « misunderstanding ». For example, when receiver Donny Navarro pulled up early on a route despite his closest defender being removed from the game after bumping into a Hawkeyes teammate.

« Anytime you can start an 8 for 8 game, (Peters) feels it, » Smith said. The wideouts are in the right place at the right time. Your protection is probably pretty good. It’s a coordinated effort. All of this happened early on.

â ???? As the game progressed, (Iowa) seemed to be getting a bit more pressure, rushing the passerby a little and sometimes putting pressure on the throws. â ????

The Hawkeyes were credited with one sack, two quarterback rushes, and six pass separations in the game.

Rod Smith expressed his luck with Williams ???? play against the Hawkeyes, although the Illinois offensive coordinator continued to note that both Peters and Williams have attributes the Illinois need.

â ???? Brandon probably throws it better than Isaiah. Isaiah is probably doing a little better than Brandon. Rod Smith said. Having certain times in a game can help emphasize what you are doing well. So we try to run. â ????

Rod Smith doesn’t discuss any kind of quarterback controversy as Illinois seeks to end a five-game skid in the Land of Lincoln Trophy series against Northwestern. Instead, he wants those who step into the field of the Illinois offense clean up their act of what he saw in the Iowa loss.

â ???? they hope . . . no matter who you play that you don’t lose your basics, you don’t lose your training? he said. But I think unfortunately we did it sometimes, and it showed. â ????

Colin Likas is the prep coordinator at The News-Gazette. He can be reached at clikas @ news-gazette. com or on Twitter at @clikasNG.

Colin Likas is the preparatory sports coordinator at The News-Gazette. His email is clikas @ news-gazette. com, and you can follow him on Twitter (@clikasNG).

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