This duo is hoping to bring explosive plays to the Illini offense this season.

Illinois is preparing for the season, and the team will be rolling out a new quarterback for 2019. A battle in fall camp came down to graduate transfer Brandon Peters and incoming freshman Isaiah Williams. That battle was settled earlier in the week when Peters was named the starter for Week 1.

When discussing the addition of Peters at Illinois, star running back Reggie Corbin was extremely complimentary. He said he felt blessed to have Peters on the squad and labeled him a “gunslinger” during their BTN Bus Tour appearance:

“He’s a gunslinger,” said Corbin. “I don’t know if you watch practice, but he can make every single throw on the field. That ball travels faster than a running quarterback, so that’s deadly. I’m just blessed to have him.”

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Quarterback play is the one area the Illini offense can really improve on. Illinois averaged over 240 yards rushing per game last season, in large part to the work done by Corbin. Unfortunately, they averaged less than 170 yards a game passing and threw a total of 10 touchdowns against 14 interceptions.

Hopefully, Peters will improve on those marks. He threw for 680 yards and four touchdowns during limited playing time at Michigan.