Reilly O’Toole

Aaron Bailey in 2013. (Getty Images)

Aaron Bailey To Get His Shot To Start At QB For Illinois

With Wes Lunt out, it’s either Bailey or Reilly O’Toole’s job to win.

CBS Chicago–10/06/2014

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Illini Fall To Purdue, 38-27

Purdue gashed Illinois for 349 yards rushing and first-time starting quarterback Austin Appleby threw for a touchdown and ran for two more to lead Purdue to a 38-27 upset Saturday at Illinois.

10/04/2014

Wes Lunt. ( Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Wes Lunt Named Starting QB For Illinois

Lunt impressed during a freshman season at Oklahoma State before he was injured.

CBS Chicago–08/20/2014

Illinois football coach Tim Beckman. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: By Not Yet Naming QB, Beckman Making A Smart Call

Wes Lunt will emerge as Illinois’ starting quarterback, but Tim Beckman is being patient.

CBS Chicago–08/08/2014

Aaron Bailey in 2013. (Getty Images)

Illini Let 3 QBs Compete As They Weigh When To Name Starting QB

Illini coach Tim Beckman might not make a decision until summer.

CBS Chicago–04/08/2014

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Northwestern Routs Illinois 50-14

Northwestern wanted to bolster its chances for a big-time bowl game. The Wildcats did that and more. Venric Mark rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown as Northwestern beat Illinois 50-14 on Saturday.

11/24/2012

Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines runs for a second quarter touchdown while playing the Illinois Fighting Illini at Michigan Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

No. 25 Michigan Dominates Illini In 45-0 Win

Denard Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores, leading No. 25 Michigan in a 45-0 win over Illinois on Saturday.

10/13/2012

University of Illinois Fighting Illini Football

Louisiana Tech Blows Out Illinois 52-24

Illinois had been waiting almost three weeks for injured quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase to play again.

09/23/2012

University of Illinois Fighting Illini Football

O’Toole Leads Illini By Charleston Southern, 44-0

Reilly O’Toole threw for 333 yards and five touchdowns and receiver Ryan Lankford had 97 yards and two scores to lead Illinois to a 44-0 win Saturday over Charleston Southern.

09/16/2012

University of Illinois Fighting Illini Football

With Scheelhaase Out, Illini Fall To Arizona State 45-14

Illinois missed starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, to be sure. But he doesn’t play defense, and that was the area where the Illini struggled mightily against Arizona State.

09/09/2012

Wisconsin v Illinois

No. 15 Wisconsin Rallies To Beat Illinois, 28-17

Wisconsin’s offense was sputtering and pesky Illinois looked primed to end its losing streak when Badgers coach Bret Bielema made his team a bold locker room promise.

11/19/2011

Ron Zook

Wisch: Zook’s Decision To Play O’Toole A Real Head-Scratcher

Baffled was again how I found myself last Saturday when Illinois’ seventh-year head coach opted to burn highly touted freshman quarterback Reilly O’Toole’s redshirt eligibility – by playing him for three meaningless snaps in the fourth quarter of a season opener vs. Arkansas State.

CBS Chicago–09/09/2011