Bulldogs Gear Up for Big Road Game

FRESNO, Calif. With another long road trip on the horizon, Bulldog Head Coach Pat Hill has his mind firmly set on getting a win at Illinois and more specifically stopping Illinois dual-threat quarterback Juice Williams.

"Juice Williams had a big game against Cincinnati last week. He's a talented guy. And he's big. I didn't know how big he was. He's 6'3" 235. He's a weapon. A very good football player," said Hill.

In addition to Williams, the Illini boast one of the nation's most physically imposing receivers. 6-foot-two, 220 pound workhorse Arrelious Benn. He's not only a receiver he also ranks fifth in the big ten in returns.

Coach Hill said, "He can physically get yards just by the way he runs. He's a physical runner with the ball. I think he's an NFL player, yeah. I think he's a big time player."

The Bulldogs will get a boost of their own with the return of the WAC's leading rusher Ryan Mathews.

Coach Hill said Mathews is back at full speed after suffering a mild concussion at Nevada. He will be a focal point of the offense Saturday in Champaign.

"We feel that we're going into this game relatively healthy for this time of year… He's fine. He needs to carry the ball. We do a lot of good things when he's carrying the ball. When he gets his 20-25 touches it helps play-action. It helps a lot."

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