“We need to get that Danville football pride back into this program for the years to come. We’ve got nothing to lose in this game.’’
While Collier achieved one of goals with the 1,002 receiving yards this season, he can achieve another major accomplishment (2,000 all-purpose yards) with 241 yards against the Tigers.
“It’s a good feeling getting one of your individual goals,’’ he said. “I didn’t even know about the all-purpose yards. It will be nice to get that one as well, but the main thing is coming out with a win.’’
Senior quarterback Trent Sherfield, who rushed for 1,029 yards and passed for 1,598 yards a year ago, enters the final game with just 530 rushing yards and 1,386 passing yards this season. Sherfield, who has committed to playing at Vanderbilt next year, has been slowed by injuries to ankle and groin the past few weeks.
Luke said that Sherfield has looked good all week in practice and should be ‘good to go’ in tonight’s game against the Tigers.
The matchup between Sherfield and Urbana sophomore quarterback Alex Beckman figures to be one of the highlights of the game.
“I think you are going to see a pretty scrappy game between two teams wanting to end the season on a good note,’’ Luke said. “Urbana has really been throwing the ball more and more here at the end of the season.’’
Beckman, who is the son of Illinois football coach Tim Beckman, has passed for 1,554 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. The Tigers have five receivers with touchdown receptions and more than 150 yards receiving this year. Senior wide receiver Tanner Russell, who had 22 receptions for 336 yards and five scores this season, is questionable after suffering an injury in last week’s game against Decatur MacArthur.
“We’re going to need to get pressure on the quarterback when we can and we’re going to need to cover their wide receivers,’’ Luke said.