July 31, 2007
"We made a lot of progress last year. Now it's time to go to work and to take the next step."
On Juice Williams' play this season:
"A strength with Juice (Williams) was his continued improvement. We expect that same improvement. We need to get our passing game to the level of our rushing attack."
On Illinois' 2007 signing class:
"We tell our guys to come in expecting to play. If they're not expecting to play they won't have a chance to play. If this class is as good as last year's, we're going to be cooking with gas."
On the perception of Big Ten and SEC football:
"In my mind there isn't any difference. We have every bit the speed that they do. In my mind there is no question that this league can compete against anyone in the country."