How will 'The Smiths' merge offensive identities?

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Offensive coordinator Rod Smith has a track record of success running spread offenses with dual-threat quarterbacks. "I think the hardest skill to do in football is tackle a skill kid in open field ... so we're going to try to get guys out in space." Offensive coordinator Rod Smith has a track record of success running spread offenses with dual-threat quarterbacks. "I think the hardest skill to do in football is tackle a skill kid in open field ... so we're going to try to get guys out in space."

CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois head coach Lovie Smith is known for run-heavy offenses featuring a balanced, traditional approach, at least to Bears fans.

So what happens when you mix an offensive mind at coordinator that helped groom the likes of explosive dual-threat forces Denard Robinson (Michigan), Pat White (West Virginia) and emerging superstar Khalil Tate (Arizona)?

That's a question on the minds of many Illini fans, who are enticed by Rod Smith's history of eye-popping numbers as he worked his way from an All-American quarterback under Rich Rodriguez at Division-II Glenville State to college programs like South Florida, Michigan, Indiana and Arizona.

"The Smiths" lay out their shared vision for the Illini offense in the above video.

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