Starter: Isaiah Williams
One of the starting wide receivers heading into the 2022 season is going to be Isaiah Williams. He has the explosiveness to be one of the top pass catchers in the Big Ten, and I look for him to lead the team in catches in 2022.
Last season, Williams burst onto the scene as the best wide receiver in the program. He had 47 catches on the year, and the second-best was Casey Washington with 21 catches. Williams also had nearly double the number of receiving yards as second place with 525 yards compared to 294 yards. I think Williams has a solid chance to be first-team All-Big Ten in 2022.
Backup: Shawn Miller
Illinois has a ton of talent at wide receiver this season, and one of the young guys who is coming in to help with the position is Shawn Miller. I think he could make an impact in year one, and being one of the second-string wide receivers is right where he should be right now.
Miller was the No. 710 player coming out of the class of 2022. He should be able to come out of the gates and get a decent number of snaps this season. Look for Miller to potentially make the Big Ten All-Freshman team.
Backup: Kody Case
I think the Illini might have one of the most underrated players in the Big Ten with Kody Case. He transferred in from South Dakota this season, and I look for Case to have a good year and work his way up the depth chart.
Last season with South Dakota, Case had 12 receptions for 168 yards and a touchdown. He is a solid player who would be a perfect fit in the slot. I look for him to be in a competition for a second-string role throughout the season.