90i #84 – Tim Lukas June 9, 2013
6′-4″, 200 lbs.
Senior (walkon, 1 year to play 1)
Hersey High School / Mt. Prospect, Illinois
What I Know About Him:
OK, I’ll start with a confession. I had Michael Hermosillo at #76 on this list. But he announced today on Twitter that he would be playing baseball (he was drafted by the Angels in the 28th round this weekend). So there’s now an open spot in the 90i, filled by Tim Lukas at #84 (and then everyone else slides up a spot). And Lukas made the 90i last year, too… when Jake Kumerow left the program and I looked for the next walkon wide receiver to fill his spot. Another year, another player leaving, another spot for Tim Lukas to fill.
Quick thoughts on Hermosillo. When Billy Gonzales and Chris Beatty arrived in Champaign in January 2012, they started looking for Jeff Demps. The offense they wanted to run called for tiny scat-y guys that could play tailback or slot receiver. They’d run fly sweeps, they’d run little bubble screens – they’d find open space for their tiny speedy guys to get the ball and do their thing. (Spoiler: there was no open space).
So they brought in Devin Church and they added Kendrick Foster and they added Hermosillo. Tiny is the new big. Getting the ball in space is the new tailback off right tackle. We would run the Florida offense and we would be successful. (Spoiler: we weren’t successful).
Now we have a brand new offense. With less zone blocking. Without players getting the ball in space. And I think Bill Cubit is looking for Donovonn Youngs and Walter Youngs to run this offense, not tiny speedy guys. All of that to say this: Hermosillo was a big loss if we were still running the Beatty/Gonzales offense. I’m not sure he’s that big of a loss for the Cubit offense. I half expected him to get switched to corner.
OK, enough about that. This is supposed to be about Tim Lukas.
Lukas transferred in from Carthage College. He’s a wide receiver. At Camp Rantoul in 2011 I saw him make an amazing catch in the endzone.
What I Expect From Him:
Here’s the spot where I tie all of this together. I think Bill Cubit is looking for bigger receivers. Martize Barr isn’t huge, but he’s a more power receiver than he is a speed receiver – he won’t run past you, but he might run you over.
This probably opens a door for Lukas to maybe get a few turns in the rotation. Especially if he can block. Cubit has mentioned improving the wide receiver blocking (stunningly awful last year – go watch some tape and boggle), so the guys who can block will play. Lukas is a bigger guy (6′-4″, over 200 lbs.), so maybe he finds a spot by proving he can block.
Or maybe he slides into the rotation because he can catch. I did, as you know, once see him make a great catch in the endzone at Rantoul. And besides, I love walkons. I’d love to see him get a spot in his final season.