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Illini’s Cubit: Decision on starting QB incomplete

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Updated: August 5, 2013 11:29PM

CHAMPAIGN — First-year offensive coordinator Bill Cubit was a fountain of information Monday, the Illini’s opening day of training camp.

He addressed hotshot freshman quarterback Aaron Bailey (“good arm, but we’ve got to get him a little more touch on certain throws”) and whether he will be redshirted (“I don’t think so because I think he can give us something”).

Cubit also said coach Tim Beckman will make the call on who will start under center: Nathan Scheelhaase, Reilly O’Toole or Bailey.

Most helpful, Cubit broke down the “quality control” matters that will factor into his decision before he recommends a starter to Beckman. Cubit’s No. 1 priority in a QB: completion percentage. Also on his list: run-vs.-pass decision-making, reading pass coverages, creating explosive plays and getting the offense into the end zone.

Worth noting at this very early stage is that O’Toole had a far better completion percentage than Scheelhaase in 2012. O’Toole is the more capable downfield thrower, while Scheelhaase is a much better runner. We’ll start to see in the coming days how Bailey fits into these categories.

Steve Greenberg

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