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QB Williams stars for Illinois in spring game

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Ron Zook's fifth Illinois spring game ended the way he hopes the games will throughout the 2009 season: with Juice Williams quarterbacking the winning side.

Williams hit 13 of 26 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown to lead his Blue team to a 20-0 win against the Orange on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

"I don't think there's any question that Juice has got a chance to be a pretty good football player for us," Zook said. "The thing that's great about him is he's a very humble guy. They know that he's leader. The maturity he's developed in terms of wanting to be in that position is exciting, too."

Williams was limited somewhat by wearing a white "don't tackle" jersey.

The defense simply had to touch the Illinois quarterbacks to get them down, which eliminated the option from the Illinois offense.

Williams, the team's leading rusher in 2008, lost 11 yards on three carries.

Tailback Mikel Leshoure opened the scoring for the Blue with a 3-yard run in the first quarter. The Blue made it 14-0 early in the second quarter on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Williams to Chris Duvalt.

Tailback Daniel Dufrene completed the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run on the final play of the game. Redshirt freshman quarterback Jacob Charest completed 6 of 13 passes for 44 yards for the Orange. Eddie McGee, a longtime backup to Williams, hit 3 of 8 passes for 25 yards.

McGee also led the Orange with three catches for 23 yards. Duvalt had five catches for 49 yards to lead the Blue.

Leshoure was the leading rusher in the game with 51 yards on 10 carries.

Jason Ford had 42 yards on seven carries for the Orange.

On defense, end Jerry Brown was the leading tackler in the game with eight, including two sacks, for the Blue. Tavon Wilson had five tackles to lead the Orange.

Coming off a 5-7 season, Illinois will open training camp on Aug. 5.

The 2009 opener is Sept. 5 against Missouri in St. Louis.

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