Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Illinois vs. Baylor

A pair of dynamic offenses will be on display when Illinois and Baylor face off in the Texas Bowl.

Illinois offense vs. Baylor defense
• Illinois has run the ball more than twice as much as it's thrown it in offensive coordinator Paul Petrino's first year at the helm, but the Illini don't have a one-dimensional offense. Petrino runs out of I-, shotgun and pistol formations as well as one-back sets. He can even line three backs up in the same backfield with redshirt freshman QB Nathan Scheelhaase. Baylor can expect to see zone-read option, speed option, designed quarterback keepers, dives and sweeps. Petrino also uses personnel groupings to keep defenses off-balance. RB Mikel Leshoure goes 230 pounds and will line up in the same backfield with 235-pound backup Jason Ford, with Ford at fullback and Illinois running triple-option. Fellow FB Jay Prosch (250 pounds) will line up in the backfield or at H-back, where he can motion across the formation and kick out the defensive end. Baylor's linebackers and safeties have to play sound assignment football or risk getting caught out of position and gashed for a long run no matter the formation or personnel.