Bret Bielema delivered a hilarious compliment about 1 of his freshman offensive lineman on his radio show. Joey Wagner of 247Sports posted the quote on his Twitter account.

Bielema stated that freshman Hunter Whitenack, who is 6-foot-7, 345 pounds, “resembles a van”. Whitenack was a 3-star OL out of New Prairie High School in New Carlisle, Indiana per the 247Sports Composite. He was the No. 19 recruit from Indiana and No. 96 OT from the 2022 class.

The Fighting Illini just sent 2 of their top lineman to the NFL Draft. Vederian Lowe (Minnesota Vikings) and Doug Kramer (Chicago Bears). Both of those guys were also over 300 pounds.

It’s always a good thing when your football coach compares you to a vehicle in college football. We’ll see if Whitenack can live up to that name by the time he graduates from Illinois. It won’t be an easy expectation to live up to, that’s for sure.