Counting down the 50 most important Illini
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No. 15: Reilly O'Toole, quarterback.
Why he's important: In any offense, you need more than one quarterback. In the case of the 2012 Illini, there are three. O'Toole was in a training camp battle with Miles Osei for the backup spot behind Nathan Scheelhaase. But it is an unusual battle because Osei will be used at multiple position. So, if a change needed to be made, you might see both O'Toole and Osei on the field at the same time. After a standout career at Wheaton Warrenville South, where he led his team to consecutive state titles, O'Toole had a solid rookie season at Illinois. He hit 60 percent of his passes for 270 yards and a touchdown. One downside: four interceptions.
Fast fact: The 2010 News-Gazette All-State Player of the Year, who picked Illinois over Iowa and Northwestern, was more than just a football player in high school. He was the top players on the WWS basketball team.
Tomorrow: No. 14