The elusive 5-11, 205-pound Chase Brown and powerhouse 6-1, 240-pound Josh McCray are a formidable duo at running back for Illinois, as Penn State learned.
Like Penn State, Illinois is coming off a bye, trying to get its offense going, possibly without starting quarterback Brandon Peters.
"He's sharp, he's healthy, he's ready to go," Illinois offensive coordinator Tony Petersen said.
The senior linebacker is pretty good at forcing fumbles.
"At quarterback, you got that mental clock in your head like, 'OK, I got to get (the ball) out,'" Williams said Tuesday. "At receiver I got the same thing, so at receiver it's almost a little bit faster."
"Big. Play. Deuce," Isaiah Williams said. "Y'all don't know, but it's more to come. That's Big Play Deuce for real."
Peters was sacked at the 2:49 mark of the first quarter and sidelined for the rest of the game with a left shoulder injury.
“I really think he’s one of the best receivers in America.”
Backup quarterback Art Sitkowski subbed in for starter Brandon Peters after Peters was sacked and left the game with a left shoulder injury late in the first quarter.
"I'm actually glad in a way that it happened to me, just for me to mature as a man and even as a football player, just knowing that this can be taken from me as fast as it was given to me."
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — With a new coaching staff and a host of new players, Illinois enter the season as a bit of a mystery in the Big Ten Conference.
"We do it owe it to ourselves to get this thing moving in the right direction," linebacker Jake Hansen said Saturday during the Illini's media day at Memorial Stadium.
"I'm sure Nebraska's gonna have wrinkles and things that we haven't seen on tape, but I definitely think the element of surprise is to our advantage."
"My (late) mother really cared about us two a lot, and I just think that this is something that is making her happy."
Illinois and first-year football coach Bret Bielema have experienced quite a bit of turnover lately.
With what looked like all of his might to fight a smile from emerging, Isaiah Williams couldn't do it.