|CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP)--Illinois has recruited strong talent at tight end for years. But those big receivers were seldom features of the game plan.
That appears to be changing this season.
Three tight ends combined for six catches and three touchdowns Saturday in Illinois' 50-14 win over Miami of Ohio. That was a new single-game record for tight ends at Illinois (3-1).
Matt LaCosse caught two of those touchdowns. He said the tight ends in past years have felt like they weren't used enough.
He says new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit's offense puts the ball in their hands. Cubit says he isn't worried he'll need to keep use his tight ends more as blockers Saturday in the Big Ten opener at Nebraska (3-1).