Jacksonville Jaguars assistant offensive line coach Luke Butkus will be the new offensive line coach for newly hired Illinois coach Lovie Smith, according to sources of Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated.
Butkus will be returning to his alma mater, where he played on the offensive line for the Illini from 1997 to 2001. He also had a previous stint as their offensive line coach for a year back in 2012. Both Smith and Butkus are familiar with each other as Butkus served as offensive assistant/assistant offensive line coach for Smith on the Chicago Bears from 2007-2009.
Butkus is the nephew of NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus, who played for Illinois from 1962–64. This past season was Luke Butkus’s third in Jacksonville.
He came to the Jaguars from Illinois, but before that was an offensive quality control assistant with the Seattle Seahawks 2010–11, working primarily with the offensive line.
A Steger, Ill., native, Butkus was Illinois’s starting center his final three years in Champaign and was a two-time All-Big Ten selection his last two seasons. He was also a third-team All-America his final year.
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