Does Illinois have a new starting quarterback?
Former Michigan QB Brandon Peters said Tuesday night that he’d be enrolling in grad school at Illinois. As a grad transfer, Peters is immediately eligible and has two seasons of eligibility left.
Peters saw significant playing time in 2017 for the Wolverines as the team had three quarterbacks who threw over 80 passes each. Peters was the team’s second-leading passer and was 57-of-108 passing for 672 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.
He started Michigan’s game against Wisconsin that season and left the game because of a concussion. He returned to play in the Outback Bowl.
With Shea Patterson on the roster in 2018, Peters was the team’s No. 3 quarterback behind Patterson and Dylan McCaffrey.
Peters could have a clear path to the starting job at Illinois. Starter AJ Bush was a senior in 2018 and MJ Rivers, the only other QB to see significant playing time in 2018, decided to transfer.
Second big transfer for Illinois in two days
Peters’ arrival follows that of former USC wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe. The ex-Trojan said Monday that he was going to Illinois and became the third former USC player to go to Illinois this offseason.
Imatorbhebhe is also a grad transfer.
The arrivals of Peters and Imatorbhebhe are welcome news for Illinois fans after a rough transfer offseason. Two other graduate transfer wide receivers had previously committed to the school before changing their minds and USC QB Matt Fink flirted with the idea of transferring to the Illini before deciding to stay at USC. Oh, and former Georgia TE Luke Ford had his immediate eligibility waiver denied by the NCAA. Ford, an Illinois native, had petitioned to play immediately so that his sick grandfather could see him play.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports
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