Tim Beckman to name Illini starting QB Wednesday

Tim Beckman to name Illini starting QB Wednesday
August 18, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Illini fans will know which quarterback is succeeding Nathan Scheelhaase come Wednesday.

Head coach Tim Beckman told reporters Monday that Wednesday will be the day when the much-watched position battle will be decided.

Many expect Wes Lunt to earn the starting nod for the season-opener against Youngstown State on Aug. 30. He's been practicing with the No. 1 offensive unit. His main competition all offseason has been Reilly O'Toole, who's appeared in game action over the past two seasons backing up Scheelhaase. Lunt, a transfer from Oklahoma State, earns rave reviews for his physical abilities, while O'Toole is praised for his knowledge of the offense and leadership qualities.

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Sophomore Aaron Bailey is the third quarterback in the mix. Teammates have described him as a "freak athlete" who wowed at times last season with his running ability.

Beckman said before the team's trip to Rantoul that this would be a likely time for a starter to be named. The first game week of the season is a week away.