"He's practiced the last two days," Illini coach Bret Bielema said Thursday. "He's a guy that definitely brought a lot of energy in the games he was a part of."
"I tell these guys week in and week out, 'If we play bad on the back end, we have no chance to win.'"
Washington has seven receptions for 54 yards this season and is on pace to have more catches this year than in years past. However, it's actually his non-catching plays that have been the most impactful for the Illini.
"For me, just the feel of the game, you can feel the ebbs and flows and momentum changes (on the sideline), whereas in the box sometimes you can't. I felt like I was back to my comfort zone as a play caller."
After Illinois' narrow loss to Maryland, coach Bret Bielema said he liked the "combo platter" of Brown and McCray. On Monday, offensive coordinator Tony Petersen announced that the "combo platter" is now the main course.
"He's pissed at himself and that's what I love about him. He's a competitor, he wants to succeed at every play and make the right decisions, and we gotta learn from that because that game's behind us now."
“All I want to know is the truth,” Bielema said Friday. “ ... You see a lot of kids get caught up in the moment. Seth looked right at me and he was like, ‘Coach, that’s out. That’s out.’"
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Brock Spack is Illinois State's career leader in coaching victories after Saturday's hard-fought win.
Illinois had its chances but squandered an early fourth-quarter lead Friday as Maryland's Joseph Petrino kicked a 32-yard field goal in the final seconds to lift the Terrapins to a 20-17 walk-off win.