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.
[MORE BIG TEN: Do the Illini have the hardest schedule in the Big Ten?]
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.