Illinois adds two defensive line coaches to staff
There are two new additions to the Illinois staff for the 2020 season, and both are coming to Champaign to help with defensive line play.
Lovie Smith recently announced the addition of two new defensive line coaches for the 2020 season. Former junior college assistant Alfred Davis will coach defensive tackles and former Western Kentucky assistant Jimmy Lindsey will be in charge of defensive ends.
Illinois had two vacancies to fill on its staff. Previous defensive line coach Austin Clark left the program to take a job with the Miami Dolphins. Safeties coach and passing game coordinator Gill Byrd decided to step away from the Illini staff this offseason as well, according to a report from Illini Inquirer.
Davis comes to Illinois from Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. He was the defensive line coach with that program for three seasons before joining the Illini. Lindsey has spent the last three seasons at Western Kentucky, where he was the defensive ends coach and recruiting coordinator.
Illinois is coming off a 6-7 season and reached its first bowl game since the 2014 season.