Omaha, Nebraska 2021-09-14 16:19:28 –
Illinois is regaining its No. 1 signaler, but is striving to address defensive deficiencies before Maryland hits the town on Friday night.
The match marks Maryland’s Big Ten Opener.
Illinois (1-2, 1-0 Big Ten) kicked off Bret Bielema’s first season on August 28, beating Nebraska 30-22. Quarterback Brandon Peters injured a shoulder that didn’t throw in the first quarter of the game. Burma said Peters would heal and return as a starter on Friday.
“Most of what I saw (from Peters) in the fall camps, even last spring, summer and fall camps, hasn’t happened yet,” Burma said. “He clearly has a very lively arm and has a lot of experience.”
Second stringer Artur Sitkowski played well on behalf of Peters, but Fighting Ilini has been struggling since defeating Nebraska. They absorbed 37-30 losses against UTSA and 42-14 hits in Virginia. As a result, Illinois is ranked 113th on the 130 FBS team with a defensive score (33.7 ppg).
Burma said Virginia dominated Illinois with explosive play. His staff defines a run of 12 yards or more and a pass of 20 yards or more. Cavaliers quarterback Brennan Armstrong completed at least nine 20-yard passes on his way to the stellar 5 TD show.
“We definitely have to see how those plays happen,” Bielema said. “There are technical mistakes, mental mistakes, theatrical situations that have given us a new look, and we couldn’t identify them when we saw what we had never seen before. bottom.”
Maryland (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten) will be on the road for the first time this season after defeating FCS enemy Howard 62-0. Eight different players explained the Terrapins eight touchdowns on Saturday, and Tauria Tagovairoa completed 22 out of 27 passes with 274 yards and 3 scores.
Terrapins, who beat West Virginia 30-24 in the opening round of the season, won 14 votes in the Associated Press polls following the second week. But they know that the schedule will only get tighter from here.
“As a team, I’m excited to be 2-0,” said Mike Locksley. “I was able to play a lot of players (Howard vs.), so it was great to see the criteria for playing at a high level of strength, regardless of score or opponent. It was nice to see it from our team. “
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