3. Illini offensive line needs some serious work
While the Illinois offense had some bright spots throughout the game, one of the dark spots for the program was the offensive line. This is arguably the most important area of any team, and the Illini lack skilled offensive linemen.
Throughout the game, Luke Altmyer was getting pressured. This had nothing to do with the Florida Atlantic’s defense playing well. It had everything to do with the Illini offensive line not being able to make simple blocks.
The biggest culprits of the bad offensive line play came on the right side of the offensive line. Right tackle Isaiah Adams and right guard Zy Crisler were getting torched all game long.
One of the Illinois turnovers, the fumble by Luke Altmyer, had a lot to do with Altmyer waiting too long in the pocket, but he still had less than four seconds to throw the ball. It is tough to go through your progressions in that little time.
Another thing I want to note about the offensive line is that when they can’t block, it forces the Illini coaches to use our running backs or tight ends to help block. That takes away weapons for the Illinois offense. The defense can then feast on the few options Illinois has on offense.
The most disappointing area for Illinois this season is undoubtedly the offensive line. I don’t think this can be fixed, though. It is probably going to be a struggle for the rest of the season.