CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Brandon Peters spent a weekend learning from one of the game’s greats this offseason. The Illinois quarterback went to Arizona to workout with Kurt Warner, spending time together both on and off the field. The experience is something Peters says he will take with him this season, as he leads the Illini under center.
“Whenever you have a time to sit in front of a guy who’s done it at the highest level, he’s a Hall of Famer, he’s won a Super Bowl, I was taking in everything he had to say,” Peters said. “He had a lot of great knowledge for me, what is expected out of you at the QB position.”
Warner stressed the fundamentals with Peters, focusing on techniqure, footwork and accuracy. A big part of that, according to Peters, was making sure his back foot is planted when he throws. The other change in Peters’ offseason routine was working with a personal trainer out of Detroit. He was able to add about 10 pounds to his frame, and is listed at 220 pounds.
Peters comes into his fifth year in college football as the clear cut QB1 for the Orange and Blue. The Michigan transfer gave Illinois stability offensively last season, starting 11 games. Peters completed 55 percent of his passes for 1,884 yards and 18 touchdowns, to go along with eight interceptions.
“You expect better play the second time around,” Illinois head coach Lovie Smith said. “Experience teaches you an awful lot and Brandon has been in our system. I feel like every time I’ve talked, I’ve talked about my confidence in what Brandon can do in our system. We want to take another step.”