Top Ten QBs: Reilly O'Toole of Wheaton Warrenville South (No. 1)
No. 1 -- Reilly O'Toole (WW South)
Football players dream of the perfect game.
Wheaton Warrenville South quarterback Reilly O'Toole put together two near-perfect seasons.
After losing his second varsity start as a junior -- a defeat to Maine South in 2009 -- O'Toole led the Tigers to 26 straight wins and back-to-back Class 7A state championships. For all the great quarterbacks the Tigers have been blessed with, none were as dominant as O'Toole over that long a stretch.
"When you look at his numbers, it's incredible," said WW South coach Ron Muhitch. "He had such a great mind for the game."
O'Toole threw for 5,300 yards in two varsity seasons but his senior year was especially impressive. He completed 74 percent of his passes for 3,187 yards with 42 touchdowns against only 3 interceptions. O'Toole also rushed for 441 yards and 6 scores.
WW South scored at least 40 points in 11 of its 14 games, and the Tigers beat every opponent by double digits. By the time O'Toole's era ended with the Tigers, the program notched its sixth and seventh state titles.
O'Toole went on to play 36 games over four seasons at the University of Illinois. He started his final game and was a team captain in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
"He's definitely right up there with the best we've had," Muhitch said. "He could throw it a mile and he could make a play with his feet. The impact he had on our team and our program was immense."
Top Ten QBs of the Century
Name School Points
Reilly O'Toole WW South 89
Jimmy Garoppolo Rolling Meadows 64
Riley Lees Libertyville 60
Scott Tolzien Fremd 57
Tommy Zbikowski Buffalo Grove 56
Clayton Thorson Wheaton N. 45
Payton Thorne (Naperville C.) 44
Boone Thorgesen (Kaneland) 28
Micah Coffey (Batavia) 22
Eric Mooney (Huntley) 18
Honorable mention: Zach Oles (Palatine, 16), Evan Lewandowski (Lake Zurich, 13), Ben McDonald (Cary-Grove, 12), Mark Venegoni (Carmel, 12), A.J. Fish (Grayslake North, 10), Alex Pokorny (Geneva, 7).