By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Illinois Fighting Illini will be without its starting quarterback on Saturday. Brandon Peters has tested positive for the coronavirus.
He is not the only member of the Illini to test positive for the virus. Backup tight end Griffin Moore has also tested positive, as well.
“Illinois senior quarterback Brandon Peters and redshirt freshman tight end Griffin Moore were both sidelined for 21 days following positive test results Thursday for the COVID-19 virus,” Illinois said in a statement. “Per Big Ten Conference protocol, following recovery, both players will be eligible to return for the November 21st at Nebraska.
”Contact tracing also sidelined several other players for today’s and next week’s game against Minnesota.”
The Fighting Illini will have a new starting quarterback today against the Purdue Boilermakers at home.
it turns out that both men tested positive on the same day that the Clemson Tigers announced that Heisman Trophy favorite Trevor Lawrence had the virus. Due to Atlantic Coast Conference policy, Lawrence will be sidelined for 10 days.
In one game this season, Peters — the former Michigan transfer — has gone 8 of 19 for 87 yards in the team’s first game of the season. Moore has not caught a reception in 2020.