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Big Ten Football Preview 2015: Three Key Players For Illinois

The offensive line will have to make huge strides for Illinois to take the next step in 2015.

Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

We kick off Illinois week of our Big Ten preview coverage with a look at the guys that will factor the most into success, or lack thereof, for the Illini this season.

Wes Lunt, Junior Quarterback

Lunt played well at times last season and showed that he has the ability to make all of the throws, but poor offensive line play (more on them, later) caused him to run around the pocket scared at times and it really held back his progress.

He will have to figure out a way to deal with it, because it is not going to get better. He needs to make quicker decisions with the football and make better reads at the line of scrimmage.

Geronimo Allison, Senior Wide Receiver

Allison will have a big part in giving Illinois an efficient passing attack. He is a true deep threat that at 6-foot-4 also gives the Illini a great redzone target, as well.

The Offensive Line

Again, I am sure at first glance this looks like a copout, but this entire unit is paramount to the program taking the next step under Tim Beckman. Teddy Karras, Joe Spencer and Austin Schmidt all return and need to be better than average for the team to show a little diversity offensively