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Lovie Smith Postgame Press Conference: Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Michigan Wolverines

Here’s what Illinois’ coach had to say following a 41-8 loss.

Individual Notes

- Redshirt-freshman QB Jeff George Jr. made his first career start. George and his father, former Illinois QB Jeff George became the first father/son duo to start at quarterback for the Fighting Illini.

- Junior WR Malik Turner caught a 43-yard pass in the third quarter and a 43-yard TD in the fourth quarter, the first completion of Jeff George Jr.'s career. Turner entered the game with 39.2-percent of Illinois' receiving yards, the second highest percentage among Power 5 players, and had 90.5-percent vs. Michigan.

- Sophomore QB Chayce Crouch and senior QB Wes Lunt missed the game with injuries.

- Senior P Ryan Frain had six punts with an average of 46.3 yards per punt. Michigan did not return a punt.

- Junior CB Jaylen Dunlap had a career-high 2.5 TFLs.

- Sophomore LB Julian Jones made his second career start and had a career-high 11 tackles.

- Freshman FS Stanley Green had a career-high 11 tackles. Green's seven solo tackles tied for the most in the game with Jaylen Dunlap.

- Senior LB Hardy Nickerson had a season-high 14 tackles. His career high is 16 against Arizona State in 2015 when he played at Cal.

- Senior G Connor Brennan made his first career start.

- Sophomore DT Tito Odenigbo made his first career start.

- Consecutive starts extended dating back to 2015: Christian DiLauro 26, Dawuane Smoot 19, Malik Turner 8