Choices, choices ...
Staff writer Marcus Jackson breaks down the Illinois quarterback options:
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.
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.
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.