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Illini QB Charest decides to transfer

Less than a week ago, head coach Ron Zook officially named Nate Scheelhaase as Illinois’ starting quarterback.

Today, Zook finds himself down a scholarship player at the position as perhaps collateral damage from that decision.

According to the Champaign News-Gazette, redshirt freshman Jacob Charest has decided to transfer and ply his football wares elsewhere.

While the paper writes that Charest’s decision was made before the Illini publicly named Scheelhaase as the starter entering summer camp, it was believed following spring practice that Scheelhaase had played well enough to be the presumptive leader ahead of Zook’s official announcement.

As for Charest’s future, the paper writes that the QB is exploring his options.  The reported “main reason” for Charest’s transfer is to be closer to his family in Charlotte, NC, so any school within a certain radius of that city would seem to be in play.

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