The inexperience of the Fighting Illini quarterback corps became pronounced with the decision of redshirt sophomore Jacob Charest to seek a transfer. Charest is the only UI quarterback with any game experience, playing in four games last season. The Illini had already decided to go with Nathan Scheelhaase as a starter out of spring ball, but only freshmen now back him up.
June 8, 2010
Now that the quarterbacks are learning the offense better, competition for the starting berth is heating up. While Illini coaches hope one of the three candidates will emerge during spring ball, it may take until fall as each one brings talents to the table but is up and down in practice. One who improved his standing the second week of spring ball is Jacob Charest.
April 12, 2010
It's always fun to watch the development of a young player from youthful innocence to grizzled veteran. It is truly exciting to watch his breakthrough performance, when everyone can pinpoint the day he began to realize his potential. Redshirt freshman quarterback Jacob Charest may have had that awakening at Minnesota. Fate may now designate him a starter.
November 10, 2009
The Juice and Jake show is coming to Memorial Stadium Saturday as the Michigan Wolverines invade. In an effort to bolster offensive production, the Illini are installing a two quarterback system utilizing the contrasting styles of Juice Williams and Jake Charest. The redshirt freshman Charest has minimal experience, but he has an ability to find open receivers.
October 28, 2009
The new quarterback is highly popular since most fans haven't seen his flaws and reports from coaches accentuate the positive. The experienced senior quarterback has a ton of pressure on him, but he is also highly prized if he plays well. Guys in the middle like Jake Charest are neither. They must persevere while awaiting their turn at stardom.
August 29, 2009
The most popular player on any football team is the backup quarterback. Those who are disappointed with the team's starter anoint those they haven't seen play to superstar status in their minds. It is a heady time for players like Illini freshman Jacob Charest.
April 6, 2009