Illinois will have a new offensive coordinator heading into next season. The Illini recently hired Barry Lunney Jr., who was UTSA’s associate head coach/offensive coordinator.

The 47-year-old Lunney Jr. also served as Arkansas’ interim head coach in 2019 for two games. UTSA’s offense averaged 442.9 total yards, 254.3 passing yards, 188.6 rushing yards, and 37.8 points per game en route to the first C-USA title in program history.

Lunney Jr. addressed the Illinois media for the first time since being hired and touched on a variety of topics, including his vision for the offense and the quarterbacks he’s inheriting.

Here’s a sampling of what Lunney Jr. said:

Illinois posted a 5-7 overall record and finished fifth in the B1G West last season. The Illini will begin next season with a home matchup vs. Wyoming on Aug. 27.