Illinois head coach Lovie Smith and co. named Brandon Peters the team’s starting quarterback and today he is proving why.
Through just over a quarter of play, Peters is 6-9 for 83 yards, including a ten yard score to Trevon Sidney.
Brandon Peters with a 6-for-9 start.— Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) August 31, 2019
83 passing yards, three TD drives. Efficient. pic.twitter.com/316uc7FOwg
Peters earned the starting job over Isaiah Williams among others, and has been showcasing his arm strength against Akron.
Whether the transfer from Michigan is evading pressure or making throws off of his back foot, every pass seems to be catchable for his receivers.
Peters also seems to be targeting Ricky Smalling frequently, displaying a potential dynamic duo for Illinois to rely on. The pair has connected three times for 43 yards thus far.
The six foot five quarterback has also showcased some scrambling ability, as he has wiggled out of a few sacks and rushed for a touchdwon.
The balance and dual threat attack from Brandon Peters impressed many fans, and his head coach Lovie Smith agreed.
“[Peters was] Under control, making good decisions…timely runs also,” Smith said.
Brandon Peters looks comfortable leading this Illini offense, and proved that with his first touchdown strike at Memorial Stadium.
Peters tacked on two touchdown passes and put his scrambling ability on display when he scampered into the endzone for a 20 yard score.
Peters ended the day with 163 yards and three touchdowns, to go with 36 yards and a score on the ground as well.
After a solid dual-threat performance, Peters had a message for doubters of his legs.
“Don’t doubt ‘em,” Peters said.
A strong Illini debut from Peters propelled the Illini to a 42-3 victory in their opening week.