A.J. Bush
Illinois Fighting Illini
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Bush was pinned behind Josh Jackson at Virginia during the 2017 season and never rose above third on the depth chart in his time with Nebraska. After a couple of unsuccessful Division I stops in Lincoln and Blacksburg, Bush heads into his best situation yet in Champaign, where the quarterback situation is anything but resolved. Cam Thomas -- the only returning signal-caller from a season ago -- couldn't get it done as a passer despite his intriguing efforts on the ground. Bush will need to beat him out, along with a trio of freshman, to see his first significant action at the helm. While it's not out of the question, having just one shot at the gig versus a potential three-plus year starter with the other quarterback options means Bush will likely need to separate himself significantly in camp to justify turning his way. Read Past Outlooks
Exceeds 300 total yards
November 26, 2018
Bush completed 23 of his 39 pass attempts for 281 yards, a touchdown and an interception Saturday against Northwestern. He added 56 rushing yards on 16 carries.
Bush didn't really get the Illini offense into gear until the fourth quarter, notching just six points total through the first three. The senior's ability as a rusher allowed him to salvage his day somewhat from a fantasy perspective, and he finishes his final campaign with 1,413 passing yards and a 6:10 TD:IN ratio to go along with 733 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 138 carries. There will likely be a competition in camp again during the spring and fall to determine the team's starting quarterback heading into 2019.
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Another inefficent outing
November 19, 2018
Bush went 12-for-28 passing for just 82 yards and two interceptions Saturday against Iowa. He also managed only 18 yards on 12 carries.
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Lackluster passing, dominant runner against Huskers
November 12, 2018
Bush wen just 11-for-25 passing for 126 yards and two interceptions Saturday against Nebraska, but he also racked up 187 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries.
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Big dual-threat day versus Minnesota
November 6, 2018
Bush completed 18 of his 25 pass attempts for 216 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while rushing 14 times for another 127 yards and two scores against Minnesota on Saturday.
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Named Saturday's starter
November 2, 2018
Bush will start under center Saturday against Minnesota, The Champaign News-Gazette reports.
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Plays well in relief
October 28, 2018
Bush went 11-for-19 passing for 216 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 16 yards on two attempts in Saturday's loss to Maryland.
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