Lovie Smith announces third-leading WR out for season
Last week, Illinois wide receiver Ricky Smalling underwent knee surgery.
On Tuesday, coach Lovie Smith announced that he will miss the remainder of the year. Smalling, a junior, played in six games this season — the last of which came against Michigan on Oct. 12.
Lovie Smith announces that #Illini WR Ricky Smalling is out for the rest of the season after having knee surgery last week.
Casey Washington, Donny Navarro, Caleb Reams and Josh Imatorbhebhe will continue to get a lot of playing time.
— Isaac Trotter (@isaac_trotter2) November 12, 2019
He totaled 24 catches (second-best on the team) for 225 yards (third-best) and one touchdown.
As mentioned in the tweet above, Josh Imatorbhebhe — the team’s leading receiver — will continue to get a lot of playing time, as will Casey Washington, Donny Navarro and Caleb Reams.
Illinois, at 6-4 overall, has a bye this week and will head to Kinnick Stadium to play Iowa on Nov. 23 in Week 13.