CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — The rebuild is on for the Illinois football team, which now includes quarterback. Freshman Cam Thomas played for the first time in Saturday’s 24-17 loss at Minnesota, meaning he can no longer redshirt. The Marian Catholic product went 2-4 for 33 yards but his real potential was evident on the ground. The dual-threat quarterback rushed 10 times for a team high 79 yards.
Thomas is one of 21 true freshmen to play this season, the most out of any team in the nation. Illinois offensive coordinator Garrick McGee says it’s all about growing this season to prepare for the future.
“His role will continue to grow,” McGee said. “Again, we want him to develop. When this offensive crew comes back next season, we don’t want to be waiting around on Cam, we want him to be ready to go.”
Illinois head coach Lovie Smith didn’t commit to a starter during Monday’s weekly press conference, saying they will figure out a rotation this week at practice.