Joey Knight’s takeaways from USF-Illinois

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith on the sidelines during the first half against USF . (AP Photo/Jim Young)
Illinois head coach Lovie Smith on the sidelines during the first half against USF . (AP Photo/Jim Young)
Published September 15 2018
Updated September 15 2018

To state the obvious, the Bulls' lack of a steady kicking game invariably will come back to haunt them. Though coach Charlie Strong said opening-night kicker Jake Vivonetto was available Saturday, he opted for transfer Coby Weiss, who went 1-for-3. "Once we find us a kicker, we'll be fine," Strong said.

Clearly, Illinois coach Lovie Smith has a better team — and far more creative offense — than he had in his first two seasons in Champaign. But with a 7-20 record to this point, one wonders if he'll be afforded the chance to complete a possible turnaround.

Senior Tyre McCants, the resident 240-pound slot receiver, finished with 123 all-purpose yards, including three receptions for 77 yards. Can someone kindly explain why he's not  on the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the country's top receiver.

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