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Illinois to start Syracuse transfer Tommy DeVito at QB

Oct 10, 2020; Syracuse, New York, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Tommy DeVito (13) passes the ball against the Duke Blue Devils during the second quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse transfer Tommy DeVito won the quarterback competition at Illinois and will start Saturday when the Illini host Wyoming.

Coach Bret Bielema previously said he planned to keep that information secret, but the program released the starter’s identity Thursday on social media.

DeVito, a senior, had been competing with fellow New Jersey native Artur Sitkowski for the job.

At Syracuse, DeVito was 337-of-572 passing (58.9 percent) for 3,866 yards, 28 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 26 games over four seasons.

Sitkowski, a fifth-year junior, is in his second season with the Illini after transferring from Rutgers. In 2021, he appeared in five games, completing 50 percent of his passes (74 of 148) and threw for six touchdowns and two interceptions.

Illinois was 5-7 in 2021, Bielema’s first season at Illinois. Wyoming went 7-6 last season and won the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

–Field Level Media