Willis, McKinney Hope For Big Senior Seasons


By WSIL Sports

 CARBONDALE -- Training camp wraps up in a week for SIU's football team. On Thursday, SIU was back practicing on the Saluki Stadium turf in preparation for its second scrimmage of camp on Saturday.

One player that missed practice was wide receiver Tay Willis. He has a sore left hamstring and should only miss a couple more days.

Willis has big plans for the upcoming season. He hopes to combine with LaSteven McKinney for a strong one-two punch at the wide receiver position. Both are former running backs and they are undersized, but they believe defenses will have a very tough time covering them, along with the many other weapons on SIU's offense.

"It's tough because they don't know who to key on and they can't key on just one person," said senior SIU wide receiver Tay Willis. "You key on one person then it will leave someone else open."

"We are undersized but they can't touch us and that is what makes it so difficult for the defenders," said SIU senior wide receiver LaSteven McKinney. "When they try to shoot a hand, we just dig them and rip them and just take off right past them. So, what we don't have in size we make up with in speed and quickness."

"I think between Tay and LaSteven they give you a one-two combo at the receiver set and then with MyCole and the running backs that we have," said SIU head coach Dale Lennon. "I don't know how defenses can just key in on one individual. So, I hope that we are getting some one on one match ups and let them play."

SIU's second scrimmage is set to take place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Saluki Stadium.

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