Looking Ahead: Miguel Hermosillo

Illinois signee Miguel Hermosillo was excited when Bill Cubit joined the staff, and seeing the offense in action has the playmaker excited to join the team this summer.

If there's one guy who has kept a close watch on new Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit this offseason, it's been 2013 signee Miguel Hermosillo. The slot WR/RB figures to see some action this fall, so he's had his eye on how he'll fit into Cubit's system heading into practices this summer.

Hermosillo's initial reaction based on the Orange and Blue Game was positive.

"The offense looked really good," he said. "I'm excited. We will have more of an identity this year. Coach Cubit knows what he's doing."

Hermosillo is a versatile guy who can both take snaps from the running back position and line up in the slot as a receiver. He says that the quickness of the offense plays right into his strengths.

"I personally like that we aren't in shotgun every play, but that we're still uptempo," he said. "We want to get north and south instead of east and west and we don't have to depend on our line quite as much on 80 percent of the pass plays because we want to get the ball out quickly. Hopefully that will open up a deep passing game with the defensive line jumping up to stop the quick ones over time."

Overall, he feels like the new offensive schemes are a better fit for the personnel.

"I just think that there's more purpose with this offense," Hermosillo said. "We didn't have the pseed for the last offense and to be honest even if we did, I'm not sure it would have worked."

Just like he has with the media, one particular receiver stood out to Hermosillo during the game. "I was really impressed with Martize Barr," he said. "Also I thought Justin Hardee did well. Of course Donovonn Young had a great game. The way they used the fullback was good too."

Hermosillo also spent time talking to a couple of the other recruits with whom he is pretty close.

"I talked to Mike Dudek a little. I was pretty busy most of the time," he said. "I've also been talking to Dre Brown a lot. I think he still has Illinois at the top of his list."

Looking ahead to the fall schedule, Hermosillo is excited about the chance to play in-state SIU Carbondale, but there are a couple games he has highlighted on the schedule already.

"Definitely the Soldier Field game against Washington," he said, "and then the first home conference game against Wisconsin because it will be a night game."

Many guys keep their spring open, but Hermosillo is still playing a sport that's been a huge part of his whole life through the spring.

"I'm still doing baseball this spring. I might get drafted, so we'll see what happens with that."

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