Juice Williams and Arrelious Benn Step UP

Much was made last week of the Illini's "big time" players and their ability to step up in big games. Illinois junior quarterback Juice Williams and sophomore wide receiver Arrelious Benn did just that on Saturday in their loss to the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Against Penn State on Saturday, Illinois quarterback Juice Williams was 13-of-24 passing for 183 yards and an interception as the Illini lost 38-24. Star receiver Arrelious Benn finished the night with four catches for 110 yards.

"I thought they stepped up," Illinois Head Coach Ron Zook said. "I mean Regis had two touchdowns and four catches. We all want to get Regis the ball more but sometimes when you call certain routes they're doing things to take him away."

One of the things Zook doesn't want to see is his quarterback focusing too much on Benn. "We don't want Juice to force the ball to Regis," Zook stated. "That's when bad things happen. We just have to keep coming up with things to get him the ball, but I thought he had a pretty productive night last night."

The Illini are 2-2 on the young season, but the two losses have come to Missouri and Penn State, both teams are now ranked in the top ten. Williams and Benn both know that if the Illini are going to reach any of their team and personal goals they must continue to have nights like Saturday.

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