CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Illinois offensive coordinator Tony Petersen is out after just one season with the Illini, reported first by Jeremy Werner at Illini Inquirer. Petersen came to Champaign from Appalachian State, where he served in the same position with the Mountaineers. Under Petersen, Illinois had the 11th ranked scoring offense in the Big Ten last season, averaging 20.2 points per game. That was largely fueled by a rushing attack that finished middle of the pack in seventh in the conference. The Illini passing offense ranked last in the league, putting up just 156.2 passing yards per game, 121st in the country out of 130 FBS schools.
“After my evaluation of our 2021 season, I have decided to make a transition from offensive coordinator Tony Petersen,” said head coach Bret Bielema in a statement. “I would like to thank Tony for his work and commitment to our football program over the past year.”