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USC QB Matt Fink transferring to Illinois, per LA Times

The grad transfer will have two years.

NCAA Football: Southern California at Utah Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Fighting Trojans?

According to The LA Times, Illinois reportedly picked up its third USC transfer of the offseason on Monday afternoon with the addition of grad transfer QB Matt Fink.

Fink joins WR Trevon Sidney and DL Oluwole Betiku as Trojans to make the move from SoCal to Champaign this spring.

As it is made clear by McCollough there, Fink will have the chance to win the starting job, per Lovie Smith’s words. According to Jeremy Werner, Fink visited Illinois over the weekend, and made his decision soon after that.

This all comes after the announcement of MJ Rivers to transfer from Illinois. Rivers, the presumptive opening week starter in 2019, started three games in 2018, but will pursue other options elsewhere, likely closer to his home in Texas.

At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Fink didn’t have all too many opportunities for the Trojans over his three season (one redshirt). He completed 13-of-18 passes for 89 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 106 yards on 14 carries and one touchdown.

Per the USC Athletics site:

Fink, equally effective as a passer and runner, will compete for playing time at quarterback as a junior in 2019.

Not anymore.

We’ll hear more over the coming days, but it seems like Fink is headed to Champaign with two years of eligibility and a chance to compete with Matt Robinson, Coran Taylor and Isaiah Williams for being the guy under center against Akron in Week One.

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