Davis says this Illini team should aim for six or seven wins and get there. That would be a big improvement on last season’s 4-8 record.
Illinois will be leaning heavily on transfer quarterback Wes Lunt when it kicks off Aug. 30 against Youngstown State. Lunt started at Oklahoma State his freshman year before losing the job to injury.
Coach Tim Beckman says he’s also counting on improvement on defense through experience. Last season’s defense was young and lacked depth and gave up 35 points a game. Beckman begins the season under pressure after winning just six games his first two seasons.