Illinois loses offensive line coach to NFL
The coaching changes continue in Champaign, as offensive line coach Luke Butkus is leaving Illinois for a position with the Green Bay Packers.
On Thursday, the Packers made the announcement that Butkus would be joining the staff as the assistant offensive line coach. This will be the fourth NFL staff Butkus has been a part of in his coaching career.
Butkus has previous stints with the Chicago Bears (2007-09), Seattle Seahawks (2010-11) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2013-15). He leaves for the NFL after spending the last three years with Lovie Smith and Illinois.
The #Packers have named Luke Butkus assistant offensive line coach & Rayna Stewart special teams quality control coach.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) February 7, 2019
Arriving in 2016, Butkus’ most recent stint with the Illini was his second with the program, also coaching the offensive line on Tim Beckman’s staff in 2012. He also played college football with the Illini.
Smith has had to endure several coaching changes this offseason and will have to fill another gap on his staff in the coming weeks. Illinois just wrapped up its 2019 recruiting class, which ranked 63rd overall and last in the B1G.