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Jeff George Jr. transferring from Illinois

The sophomore started five games under center for the Illini, throwing for over 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns.

NCAA Football: Indiana at Illinois Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff George Jr. announced via Twitter on Wednesday he will be transferring from Illinois and pursuing his final two years of NCAA eligibility elsewhere.

George started five games at quarterback for Illinois in 2017. He completed 94 passes for 1,273 and seven touchdowns. He started five games as a redshirt freshman in 2016 after redshirting the 2015 season.

George’s dad, Jeff George, was the first-overall pick in the 1990 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts, but the younger George was unable to live up to the potential of his father at his dad’s alma mater.

George was expected to compete with incoming freshman quarterbacks MJ Rivers and the still unsigned Coran Taylor as well as sophomore Cam Thomas in 2018.