The 2014 Illinois Fighting Illini football player previews begin with senior quarterback Reilly O’Toole.
O’Toole has been a back-up his entire career for the Orange & Blue, but might get his chance to start in 2014. Can the veteran Illini QB out perform Wes Lunt and Aaron Bailey for the starting job in Champaign?
- Position: Quarterback
- Hometown: Wheaton, Illinois
- High School: Wheaton Warrenville South
- Measurements: 6-foot-4, 220 lb.
- Age at 2014 season opener: 21
- Games played: 23
- Cumulative stats: 975 passing yards, 8 TDs, 9 INTs, 42.4 Yards/Game
- Games played: 6
- Cumulative stats: 75% comp., 141 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 23.5 Yards/Game
Entering his senior season with the Fighting Illini, Reilly O’Toole finds himself in a quarterback battle with sophomores Wes Lunt and Aaron Bailey.
Although most signs point to Wes Lunt being named the starter, Reilly O’Toole could still be a valuable asset to the Illini in 2014 and could see the playing field in the process.
In 2013, O’Toole played in five games in Bill Cubit’s then new offensive system. O’Toole, Scheelhaase, and Bailey all saw the playing field even with Scheelhaase being the definite starter. Same could be true in 2014.
Reilly could also be an asset on the sidelines in he does in fact “lose” the battle for the starting job.
Lunt is new to the Big Ten and is not familiar with Illinois’ conference opponents. O’Toole could be like an extra coach on the sideline for Lunt if he is in fact named as the starting QB for the Fighting Illini.
Bottom line is that Reilly O’Toole could be useful during his senior season (even if he is not named as the starter for Illinois).