Tommy DeVito, Artur Sitkowski share insight into training camp QB battle at Illinois
Tommy DeVito and Artur Sitkowski will compete with each other for the starting quarterback job at Illinois in fall camp.
DeVito and Sitkowski are two transfers for Illinois. DeVito came to Illinois in 2022 following four seasons at Syracuse. In his final two seasons at Syracuse in 2020 and 2021, DeVito played a total of 7 games for the Orange. In December 2021, DeVito entered the transfer portal and selected Illinois as his next school to play college football for.
He joined an Illinois program that had multiple quarterbacks rotate throughout the last few seasons. One of those quarterbacks was Sitkowski, who transferred to Illinois from Rutgers in April 2021. Sitkowski played in 5 games in 2021. He passed for 704 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions in his first season with the Fighting Illini.
DeVito and Sitkowski have known one another for several years and will have to fight for the starting spot. Sitkowski and DeVito spoke about the mindset they have heading into this competition (Via 247Sports):
“It’s you vs. you,” Sitkowski said. “You’ve got to worry about getting better every single day and not really worry about everybody else. Just worry about you and get better each and every single day, taking each day for what it is.”
Similar to Sitkowski, DeVito is just worrying about what he has to do to win the position:
“Don’t try to be anybody else. Try to be yourself and move forward from there,” DeVito said.
Illinois head coach Bret Bielema will have a difficult decision to make between DeVito and Sitkowski. Illinois could use both quarterbacks throughout the season.