Just a season ago Bill Cubit was the head coach at Western Michigan and Tim Beckman was entering his first season as the head man in Champaign. Now the two share the same sideline at Illinois with Cubit transforming an offense from one that struggled last season (119th in both total offense and scoring offense), to one that now ranks in the top 34 in total offense (34th nationally), and scoring offense (27th nationally).
We recognize that it's only two games into the season, but those kind of strides on the offensive side of the ball are worth a little recognition. We're looking forward to seeing how Illinois fares once the Big Ten schedule starts up.
After their big win over Cincinnati over the weekend, Beckman got on Sirius XM radio and talked about some reasons behind why Cubit's system is yielding some big results early on, and why players (many of whom have had three of four different offensive coordinators during their time on campus) enjoy playing in his offensive system.
"The system is very player friendly. There are guys in this program right now that have had three different offensive coordinators, if not four, and what this offense does is the players can learn it, the players enjoy it, the players understand that he is trying to put them in positions to be successful. We've had numerous guys with receptions and carries, and other different things that you can do with this offense."
Beckman goes on to explain how he has tried to change the the culture at Illinois since arriving in Champaign. Hear more from him below.