For the first time in two months, Chayce Crouch will be starting at quarterback for Illinois, according to reports.
On Saturday morning, Bob Asmussen of The News-Gazette stated that a source reported Crouch will be under center for the Illini to open the game against Ohio State. This will be the first time Crouch has been at quarterback since Illinois’ B1G opener against Nebraska on Sept. 29.
Illinois has used three different starters this season. Crouch opened the year under center but was benched and Jeff George Jr. was inserted into the lineup. Freshman Cam Thomas has also made a few starts this season.
Crouch has completed 41-of-77 passes for 427 yards and a touchdown this season. He’s also thrown for interceptions. Since losing the starting job, Crouch has also been used as a tight end for the Illini.
Lovie Smith might be trying to put the most experienced guy back under center to try and create some sort of momentum against the Buckeyes, as the Illini are 41-point underdogs for this contest.
Illinois-Ohio State is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff and the game will be televised on ABC.