CHAMPAIGN — M.J. Rivers, the only quarterback on Illinois' roster with starting experience, is transferring.
Rivers, who started three games as a freshman last fall, said in a tweet Saturday night that he is entering the transfer portal because of "personal circumstances."
That leaves redshirt freshmen Matt Robinson and Coran Taylor as the only scholarship quarterbacks on the Illini roster. Isaiah Williams, a four-star recruit from Trinity Catholic High School in St. Louis, is enrolling this summer.
"The road to your dreams often are not straight and narrow, usually they have bumps, curves, and dips," Rivers wrote Saturday. "Thank you to the IlliniNation for an unforgettable year but due to personal circumstances I will be entering the transfer portal. Please respect my decision. I-L-L."
According to Illini Inquirer, Illinois is looking at bringing in a graduate transfer, and Penn State's Tommy Stevens is visiting Sunday.
Rivers, who was a three-star prospect out of Lone Star High School in Frisco, Texas, completed 56 of 101 passes for 547 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions in eight games last season. In his debut, he threw two touchdown passes against Western Illinois subbing for injured starter AJ Bush, leading the Illini to a 34-14 home victory.
Illinois went 2-7 in the Big Ten and 4-8 overall last season, coach Lovie Smith's third in Champaign.