We all know how hard it is to write English in a college football uniform, but for some players it’s a little easier.
For former Illini quarterback Josh Allen, that’s not always a bad thing.
He learned to write in the first game of his career, which he completed in the 2015 season opener against Illinois State.
He didn’t have to look far to find a few tips.
Here are some things Allen learned during his time at Illinois State:1.
The goal is to get the ball to the quarterback in a timely manner.2.
If you’re trying to read the quarterback, you need to read them in an orderly fashion.3.
Be very careful not to over-analyze the play or get caught up in the game.4.
The best way to make your opponent pay is to go out there and run the ball.
Illinois State was ranked No. 4 in the nation last season in rushing and scoring offense, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that Allen’s first touchdown pass of the season came with no help from the offense.
He got the ball out in front of a crowd of 25,000 and took a shot at Illinois’ top receiver, Jalin Marshall.
Allen’s first pass went right through Marshall, but he had to wait until the 6:03 mark of the first half to get a touchback.
He finished with a score of 19 yards.
Illini quarterback Andrew White had an interception in his first career start, but Allen threw it away to linebacker Travis Sauer, who had two other tackles for loss.
Allen also threw a touchdown pass to sophomore linebacker Matt Waggoner to give the Illinis a 14-7 lead.
Allen threw three touchdown passes in the next two games to tie for third in the country, but the team’s offense didn’t produce many big plays in those contests.
Illinis coach Paul Rhoades said Allen was a “real good guy” after the game and that he wanted to give Allen a shot to win the job when he’s not in the starting lineup.
Allen said the next game was a little different.
He had a great day at the end of practice, but I had a bad day.
I threw it down to one of the receivers.
I got tackled a little bit, but that’s how it goes in this game.
Allen did have a few bad throws on Sunday, including a two-yard touchdown pass he threw into the hands of defensive back Michael Bennett.
But he was mostly happy with his day, which was a pretty good sign for a guy who had been a little down on his production the previous week.
Allen, however, was disappointed that he had not been able to produce like he did in 2015, when he completed 69.4 percent of his passes for 1,717 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Illini coach Paul Hornung said the team is hoping that Allen will bounce back.
“I feel like he has the talent to be a starting quarterback in this league,” Hornung told reporters after the win over Illinois State on Sunday.
“The big thing is that he’s a really good student, and he’s willing to learn.
He wants to improve.”
Allen, a fifth-year senior, had four catches for 68 yards and a touchdown against Illinois.