Barry Lunney Jr. Attributes Illini Short-Yardage Issues on Poor Play Calls & Poor Execution: ‘That’s a bad combination’

Illinois offensive coordinator Barry Lunney Jr. addressed his offense’s inability to convert key short-yardage situations in 20-7 loss to Nebraska last weekend.

By Matt Stevens - IlliniGuys Football Writer/Analyst

October 9, 2023

(Cover photo courtesy Illinois Athletics)

CHAMPAIGN — For the first time in his head coaching career, Bret Bielema has entered new, awkward and uncomfortable territory at Illinois where his team struggles to get a single yard running the football. 

“Very frustrating. In my 15 years of head coaching, I’ve never been in a position where we can’t gain half of a yard. It’s . . .

 

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