An Illini QB controversy?

An Illini QB controversy?

Choices, choices ...

Staff writer Marcus Jackson breaks down the Illinois quarterback options:

Nathan Scheelhaase
Pro: If Reilly O’Toole is the thrower and Miles Osei is the runner, the three-year starter is the one who can do both well when healthy, having thrown for more than 4,000 yards and run for close to 1,500.
Con: He’s not quite 100 percent after the ankle injury in the season opener and his last two possessions have resulted in turnovers, including a fumble where he was run down by a linebacker.

Reilly O’Toole
Pro: Although against weak competition in Charleston Southern, the 6-foot-4 sophomore set the program record for completion percentage (83.9) while throwing five touchdowns.
Con: A better athlete than he gets credit for, O’Toole still isn’t the runner that the other two QBs are. He’s been sacked nine times, and the option attack isn’t as effective.

Miles Osei
Pro: Elusive lefty, who practices as a wide receiver and running back, is probably the best runner of the three Illinois quarterbacks, averaging 4.5 yards on 10 carries.
Con: Those INTs at Arizona State killed any chance of Illinois getting back into a game that got out of hand early.

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JimOATSfan wrote on September 25, 2012 at 1:09 am

NS - Pro?  Most probably as a defensive back.  Time for him to shift into a DB,RB and receiver roll with options to throw.

RO - Pro? Likely if he gets 1-2 years+ experience as the starting QB.  Best chance to get the rock up the field regularly. Also 6'-4" and can see over more defensive players.

MO - Pro? Not likely if he doesn't get more touches as a backup QB to RO, and as a receiver and running back.  Good enough to pass well if he gets some repetition with the 1's.

Go Illini!

Moonpie wrote on September 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm

O'Toole's the best option. Beckman should have gone with him starting in camp. The losses are going to pile up and so may as well play him and see if he gets better.