Big Ten Guru

« Ines Sainz, Clinton Portis, NY Jets, Howard Griffith, Red Grange and Eight »

Illini QB Nathan Scheelhaase: Early Season Progress Report

user-pic
thesportsbank

Businessman/entrepreneur first, journalist/writer second, marketer third, tech geek fourth

scheelhaase

Illinois Fighting Illini starting QB Nathan Scheelhaase was asked all the typical scouting report questions at Illini Media Day; but only now, after seeing him in action for two games, do we have a better appreciation of his responses to those queries.

"Definitely have to say that speed is my strength, I'm not a slow guy. Coach (Paul) Petrino (Offensive Coordinator) and Coach (Jeff) Brohm (Illini quarterbacks coach) that's the thing they love about me, but it's also what they get on me most about- is when I don't use my strength enough," Scheelhaase said.

illini-scheelhaase

"When he (Petrino) played quarterback, he liked to move and run. God gave me legs to run, I might as well use them. If I see my first two, three reads aren't open and there's a running lane, I'm going to take off," he continued.

Scheelhaase, a redshirt freshman, has certainly shown his speed in the first couple games, running for 80 yards on 23 carries. Although most of the damage came in the opener versus Mizzou. In the same stadium where he won a state title his junior year of prep school, Scheelhaase carried 16 times for 76 yards.

Unfortunately, the 6-3, 195 pound native of Kansas City had a dismal passing day, going 9-23 for 81 yards and three picks; for a rating of 56.98. However, he bounced back from that shaky opener with an outstanding game last week against SIU. Scheelhaase earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors after
completing 14-of-18 for 229 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

His 221.31 passer rating for the SIU game is the sixth-highest single-game efficiency rating in school history and is the 12th-best total in the NCAA so far this season.

So that was a good first step, but obviously the rookie QB is still very green.

"There's always things to work on. Some quarterbacks stay in the pocket because they don't like running, but Coach Brohm says there's going to be six, seven plays a game where the defense will have the perfect coverage for what we call, and if you can give us some yards on the stuff breaking down and running...They've never gotten mad at me for pulling one down and running with it after going through my progressions," Scheelhaase said.

"They have gotten mad at me for forcing one in, trying to make a play instead of going down to a checkdown," he continued.

So there you have it, Scheelhaase is probably still in the minimizing mistakes portion of his development right now. Perhaps you could describe him as being in a "game-manager" role; for now. However, one scouting service ranked him the seventh best dual-threat QB in the nation when we was being recruited. Some Illini people have described him as the next Juice Williams, and I can understand why. When a dual-threat freshman replaces a four year dual-threat starter, the comparisons are inevitable.

However, I think Scheelhaase has the potential to be more consistent, and perhaps better than Williams some day.

Paul M. Banks is President and CEO of The Sports Bank.net , a Midwest focused webzine. He is also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, the Chicago Tribune's blog network, Walter Football.com, the Washington Times Communities, Yardbarker Network, and Fox Sports.com

You can follow him on Twitter @thesportsbank and @bigtenguru

Recommended

[?]

Recent Posts

Subscribe

3 Comments

dvds said:

default userpic local-auth auth-type-mt

dfgjghjghj

dvds said:

default userpic local-auth auth-type-mt

Wonder dvd share DVD Slideshow dvds Builder Standard dvd set Wondershare DVD dvd box set Slideshow Builder is tv series dvd the best DVD complete dvd set box movie maker for seasons dvd set your favorite dvd collections photos. Loads of criminal minds dvds movie styles instantly criminal minds dvd set turn.DVD Copy criminal minds dvd box set protected DVD with dexter dvd the best DVD dexter dvds rotected DVD with dexter dvd set the best DVD Copy dexter dvd box set software DVD Copy is mash dvd the useful mash dvds software for mash dvd set us to backup mash dvd box set our dvd, it supernatural dvd can copy DVD supernatural dvds perfectly at supernatural dvd set Sony DVD Player,Progressive buffy the vampire slayer dvd Output Precision buffy the vampire slayer dvds Drive 3 buffy the vampire slayer dvd set System For Flaws buffy the vampire slayer dvd box set in DVD Playback sons of anarchy dvd with SoundMulti Brand TV Last week sons of anarchy dvds Sony Pictures jumped on sons of anarchy dvd set the made-to-order DVD with the release of 100 classic films. Warner Bros.

thesportsbank said:

user-pic

anyone gonna post a comment here that ISNT SPAM? Anyone have anything legit to say?

Leave a Comment?

Some HTML is permitted: a, strong, em

What your comment will look like:

said:

what will you say?

Most Active Pages Right Now

ChicagoNow.com on Facebook