With Lunt the Illini starter, could other QBs become wideouts?

With Lunt the Illini starter, could other QBs become wideouts?
August 26, 2014, 11:15 am
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Vinnie Duber

Wes Lunt is the Illini's starting quarterback.

But that means there were two guys who didn't win the job in Reilly O'Toole and Aaron Bailey. So what becomes of them? Are they destined to stand on the sideline all season?

The answer is probably not.

But it might surprise you how the quarterbacks will get into games for the orange and blue this year. They could be doing it as wide receivers.

“There’s no question, I think Reilly can go out there and do some things. He’s lined up at wide receiver several times," head coach Tim Beckman said Monday. "I think Aaron, as soon as we get him 100-percent healthy, is definitely one of those guys who can also fit in to some of the packages that we have for him.”

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O'Toole's play at receiver was mentioned earlier this preseason, with offensive coordinator Bill Cubit lauding O'Toole's willingness to get on the field and help the team anyway he could.

Bailey, meanwhile, has faced questions of whether he could take his athleticism to a different position, and he's been adamant about remaining a quarterback. He might not line up at wideout this year, but it would be expected to see him used much in the same fashion he was last season, when he sporadically played quarterback and flashed his great speed on several scampers to the end zone.

According to Lunt, Bailey hasn't taken any snaps at wideout yet this offseason. O'Toole, on the other hand, certainly has.

“I haven’t seen Aaron, but Reilly’s been out there. And in the summer he did receiver a little bit," Lunt said. "I haven’t seen Aaron catch, but Reilly’s pretty good.”