Improving completion percentage a major goal for Brandon Peters entering second year as Illinois' starter
There are a lot of goals on Brandon Peters’ list heading into the 2020 season. The second-year starting quarterback at Illinois is hoping to show major improvements from his first season in Champaign to his second.
For Peters, the biggest thing is to see an improvement in the completion percentage category in 2020.
Peters threw for 1,884 yards and 18 touchdowns with 8 interceptions in 2019, his first year as the starter for the Illini. But his completion percentage left something to be desired, with a 55.8% clip on the year. He says completing more of his passes is a primary focus this fall, according to Jeremy Werner of Illini Inquirer.
“I got a lot of goals,” Peters said. “But I think the biggest one … is just working on the completion percentage.”
Some offseason work should help Peters in that category.
While meeting with reporters on Wednesday, Peters said traveled to Arizona where he worked out with Kurt Warner. He attended “four or five” training sessions with the former NFL QB in a weekend period, trying to improve different areas of his game.
Finding targets more regularly should be an easier task for Peters, as the Illini finally have a returning starter back under center. Pair that with returning pass catchers like Josh Imatorbhebhe, Donny Navarro and Casey Washington, and it should lead to a passing attack that has more chemistry than a year ago.
Throw in one of the better tight end rooms in the conference — with Daniel Barker, Luke Ford and USC transfer Daniel Imatorbhebhe — and Peters has the potential to have a big season.
Last year, Peters led the Illini to a bowl game for the first time since 2014. With so much returning talent and experience, Illinois is expected to produce another solid year.