Illini's George, Jr. staying ready

After playing in five games last season, sophomre QB brings experience to camp

URBANA (WCIA) -- There's not a quarterback controversy at Illinois football fall camp this year. Second year Illini coach Lovie Smith has made it clear, 'Chayce Crouch is our quarterback.'

That's not stopping sophomore back-up quarterback Jeff George, Junior from preparing like he's the starter, though. The Indianaopolis native knows he's just a play away from seeing the field. Last season is the perfect example. George, Jr. played in five games, making his first career start at Michigan after Wes Lunt and Chayce Crouch went down with injuries. He completed 38-of-94 passes, throwing for 470 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions, helping the Illini beat Michigan State.

"Coming into this training camp after playing a couple games, you gain an understanding for what you have to do to win games. We've been through the hard grindy games where we win it in the fourth quarter like we did with Michigan State. We play some tough opponents and it takes a lot to win a game at this level. So, having that experience and knowing what it takes can really help to try and boost some of these younger guys that haven't necessarily been there yet."

 


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