Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Tim Beckman told reporters that he was open to using a two-quarterback system in 2012 after insisting that junior Nathan Scheelhaase is still the starter at the moment, as Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago writes.
Scheelhaase was the starting quarterback for Illinois last season, but sophomore Reilly O'Toole got significant playing time as well. It appears that a similar scenario could arise this season, one in which Scheelhaase is the primary option but Beckman selectively uses O'Toole as a change of pace.
Last season, Scheelhaase started 13 games, completing 184 of 291 pass attempts for 2,110 yards with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran for 624 yards and six touchdowns during his sophomore season. O'Toole appeared in 11 games, completing 40 of 67 passes for 270 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions.