Fast Five: On Offense

A look at five players who should star on offense in 2014.

1. Wes Lunt - It's hard to put a player that's never taken a snap at Illinois at the head of any list. This is the quarterback we're talking about though. Lunt has the physical tools to be great, and he's in an offense that has proven to be plenty capable. Can Lunt continue the success Bill Cubit laid down in 2013? If so, the Illini stand a chance of improving on the win total.

2. Josh Ferguson - How much fun was it watching Ferguson break out last season? He's dangerous running and catching and is seemingly a screen pass away from scoring a touchdown at all times. Ferguson isn't going to sneak up on anybody this season, but he's good enough that it won't matter. With Cubit's scheming wheel turning, expect Ferguson to get the ball often and in a variety of ways.

3. Simon Cvijanovic - Ferguson and Lunt won't be worth much without a line protecting and opening up lanes. Cvijanovic appears to be the best of the bunch, entering his second season as the full-time starter at the ever-important left tackle position.

4. Ted Karras - Another important piece along the line, Karras is entering his junior season. He's been around and starting long enough to know what needs to be done. The rest of the offense should look to him as a leader in 2014.

5. Justin Hardee - There are plenty of options that could fill slot No. 5, but Hardee appears to be on the verge of breaking out as a junior. There's not a lot of options at wide receiver, not proven anyway, and word is Hardee did a lot of growing up from last August to spring drills. Lunt has to throw it to somebody. Why not Hardee?


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