Apr 12, 2014; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini offensive coordinator Bill Cubit before the spring game at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Football: Pre-Youngstown State Player and Coach Interviews (Video)

Before Illinois football began their practices in preparation for Youngstown State this weekend, a few players/coaches were made available to the media on Monday. Check out the videos below and the highlights.

Wes Lunt

  • Excited, nervous, and anxious about being the starting quarterback for the Illini and playing in his first game since the 2012 season.
  • Ready to get that first hit in a real football game (hasn’t taken a hit since 2012).
  • When asked about the receivers, he named off Martize Barr, Justin Hardee, and Mike Dudek. However, he would not give a name for who would be his go-to-guy or #1 target this season.
  • Lunt feels a lot comfortable at Illinois than he did last year.
  • He’s expecting some tough, physical play from the Youngstown State defense this Saturday.

Bill Cubit

  • Just wants the offense to be comfortable out their in the opener against Youngstown State (especially Wes Lunt).
  • Talking about Lunt: Says that Lunt learned a lot from Nathan Scheelhaase as to what it takes to be the starting quarterback for the Fighting Illini.
  • Christian DiLauro and Austin Schmidt have impressed Cubit with their work this offseason and training camp. Cubit also mentioned that Joe Spencer has been practicing well on the offensive line too.

Mason Monheim

  • When it comes to Youngstown State’s offense, he believes that the offense will try to spread out the Illini defense so that they can run the ball right up the middle.
  • He had a smile on his face as he said that the defense expects Youngstown to run the ball against the Illini defense.
  • Likes the new white helmets for Illinois.
  • The defense as a group are going to “surprise some people.”

Tim Banks

  • Defensive position battles will be on a “week-by-week” basis at Illinois in 2014.
  • Talking about the Youngstown offense: Says they are going to spread the field in order to run the ball and that Youngstown will be a challenge for Illinois.
  • Depth up front is the strength for the Illini coming into the 2014 season. This defense will “live and die” by the play of the defensive line.
  • Confidence in the defensive line is there. Not talking about what happened last season.

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