Scheelhaase: The Missouri take

Scheelhaase: The Missouri take

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Illinois' decision to name Nathan Scheelhaase the starting quarterback shouldn't have major ramifications on Missouri's plans. The Tigers recruited Scheelhaase during his career at Kansas City Rockhurst.

"Missouri never really had much of a chance with him because Blaine Dalton, his good friend from K.C., committed to MU so early in the process for the same recruiting class," said Dave Matter, who covers Missouri for the Columbia Tribune. "I'm not sure Missouri was convinced Nathan's best position would be at quarterback, and with (Blaine) Gabbert and Dalton on board - of course, this was before Dalton was arrested twice and booted from the team - MU wasn't really a desirable place for another young quarterback."

Missouri had to figure Scheelhaase would be the starter. The Tigers coaches can read IlliniHQ.

"I'm sure Missouri's front seven will look forward to going against such a young QB - if nothing else, the Tigers should be pretty good at rushing the passer - but less heralded quarterbacks have had success against MU's defense in recent years, too," Matter said.

Phil Steele, who publishes a comprehensive college football magazine, breaks down the Scheelhaase decision from a statistical standpoint.

"Last year, the Illinois QBs combined to hit 55.6 percent with a 15-12 ratio," Steele said. "No matter who started this year you had to figure on improved numbers. He is a solid college QB with good arm strength and mobility and 4.53 speed. Not a great spring game, but he was the clear leader of the offense in the spring. They can only get better play out of the postion this year and Illinois underachieved on offense last year with just 24.2 ppg."

 

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MichiganIllini wrote on June 06, 2010 at 12:06 pm

The old saying that in order to win, you have to run and be able to stop the run, may hold the key for the Illini this year. Fortunately we have Ford and Leshoure, and hopefully Okruch can make some improvements with the defense. As good as Scheelhaase sounds, he's still a freshman, and Illinois has a difficult front-loaded league schedule. I keep hoping they can recapture some of the success of 2007, not repeat the inconsistency of '08 and '09.

MichiganIllini wrote on June 06, 2010 at 12:06 pm

DUH, I meant Koenning in the previous post.

CecilColeman wrote on June 07, 2010 at 9:06 pm

I'll bet anything that Scheelhaase improves from year one to year to year three, and so on. Whether under Locksley or Schultz, Juice certainly did not.