CHAMPAIGN — Illinois Football will host Michigan State this Saturday.
Both teams entering the matchup with a 2-6 record. The Illini are hoping to bounce back after back-to-back losses to Michigan and Minnesota.
There is some good news for Illinois fans. Quarterback Wes Lunt was full-go at practice on Tuesday for the first time since injuring his back against Purdue. Head coach Lovie Smith remains tight-lipped about the status of Lunt and whether or not he’ll play Saturday. For now, the coaching staff appears focused on his replacement, Jeff George, Jr.
“Whenever you have injuries, it affects the flow, but this is football,” said offensive coordinator Garrick McGee. “Things happen, this is a contact sport. That’s why you have to make sure you’re coaching every guy so that if one guy goes down, you can plug another guy in, and that’s where we are.”
“There’s not a whole lot more to tell you about Wes Lunt,” head coach Lovie Smith said. “He’s getting better. We hope he’ll be much improved tomorrow. We’ll see tomorrow.”
The Illinois offense has put up just 49 points in it’s three games without Lunt.