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The Big Ten's Best 11: No. 9 Juice Williams, Illinois Quarterback

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Kristofer Green

No one, save for the most die-hard of Illini fans, would have thought Isiah "Juice" Williams would be where he is today.

In his first season as a starter, as a true freshman, Williams completed only 39% of his passes. It just didn't seem possible that he would ever be in the position to even be in the discussion of the greatest Illinois quarterbacks.

But, Williams is only 2,321 yards away from becoming the all-time leader in passing yards at Illinois and now he is in the discussion.

Oh, and he can run too.

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Williams has the tools to end the season, not only as the league's best quarterback but as a legitimate Heisman contender.

Williams dominates the Illinois record book for rushing by a quarterback with 2,050 yards and 14 touchdowns in his career.

Williams' completion rate has improved--last season he completed 58% of his throws, but there is still room for improvement. Last season, Williams threw 22 touchdown passes, as well as, 16 interceptions. Not good.

"There's a bunch of things that go into interceptions: Making misreads, throwing the ball too hard or slightly inaccurate. Sometimes it can be a dropped pass. Or receivers not being where they're supposed to be but it kind of looks like it's the quarterback's fault on TV," Williams told The Patriot News.

There are also many solutions and Williams said he has employed all of them in the off-season.

"Working with receivers all the time, working on touch, working on accuracy, making sure the receivers are where they need to be, watching film, understanding coverages. All of those things help out."

Williams has the tools to end the season, not only as the league's best quarterback but as a legitimate Heisman contender. With an outstanding receiving corps, a bunch of speedy backs, and a big offensive line to work with there is nothing standing in his way.


No. 9 Juice Williams, Illinois QB

No. 10 Brandon Graham, Michigan DE

No. 11 Thaddeus Gibson, Ohio State DE

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