In Crouch they trust

In Crouch they trust

CHAMPAIGN — The last time Illinois played a football game, Chayce Crouch was the starting quarterback. Nothing has changed.

Crouch was pulled in the second half at South Florida, but is expected to start Friday against Nebraska.

"I haven't heard anything other than I am the quarterback," Crouch said. "That's how it's been. I haven't heard of any controversy or anything like that. I'm still the starting quaterback and I'm acting like it and I have always done that."

Crouch used the early part of the open week to look back at his work in the loss to South Florida. What could he have have done better against the Bulls?

"Just some of the decision-making," Crouch said.

Jeff George Jr. replaced Crouch in the second half at Tampa and played well. The Illini legacy will be ready if he asked to play this week.

"I go into every game thinking I'm going to play," George said. "Being in the backup role, you're one play away every game no matter what."

George's success against South Florida adds to his confidence.

"I expect to go out there and do what I'm supposed to do and make plays," George said. "That's why they throw me out there."

Littlejohn no longer committed to Illini. Georgia quarterback Cordel Littlejohn, a three-star Class of 2018 recruit, announced late Tuesday night he was no longer committed to Illinois. 

"Not by choice," a note Littlejohn posted to Twitter read. "My scholarship was just (taken) away after they allowed me to commit, post on all my social media accounts and even after I set up my official visit. After being 100 percent committed, my recruiting process is now back open so please contact me if you are serious about recruiting me. Only if you are serious. I don't want to feel this feeling again. It's embarrassing to have to come back and tell my family and friends about this.

Littlejohn was the second of three 2018 quarterbacks to commit to Illinois when he did so last month. The other two — Coran Taylor (Peoria) and M.J. Rivers (Frisco, Texas) — remain committed to the Illini.