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Hope on Illinois

Danny Hope discussed Illinois' offense during Tuesday's teleconference.

"So you're dealing with a double-edged sword. Outstanding football team where the quarterback is playing outstanding. He has great players around him, and they're good at both the run game and the pass game."

Sheelhaase has passed for 1,407 yards and 11 touchdowns. Jenkins has 54 receptions for 895 yards and seven touchdowns. Illinois is 6-1 overall, 2-1 in the Big Ten.

"(Quarterback Nate) Scheelhaase is outstanding. He's an excellent runner with the ball," Hope said. "They throw it very well. The receiver (A.J. Jenkins) is a big time receiver. Makes very good plays, has great speed. And they have big time running backs.