RANTOUL — Illinois football players walk through a line set apart by ropes coming off the practice fields at Camp Rantoul.
None sprint by any means, so dissecting how Nathan Scheelhaase walked Wednesday evening may seem overblown. He didn’t grimace or walk with a noticeable limp after he rolled his right ankle in Wednesday’s morning session.
But since the starting quarterback did not take repetitions with the offense during Wednesday’s late afternoon practice and spent most of it watching other quarterbacks throw the ball after he rolled his right ankle in Wednesday’s morning session, read into the situation however you want.
Tim Beckman doesn’t seem stressed about it.
“He got a little bit twisted this morning,” the Illinois coach said. “There’s nothing serious about it.”
Scheelhaase hurt his left ankle in the season opener last year against Western Michigan, which caused him to miss the next two games against Arizona State and Charleston Southern.
Scheelhaase took part in positional drills off to the side, but on the same field Illinois scrimmaged on Monday night, Reilly O’Toole, Aaron Bailey and Wes Lunt all threw to receivers. All part of the plan, according to Beckman.
“We thought it’d be great to have Reilly work with the ones, get more reps for Aaron Bailey with the twos and Wes got a little bit with the threes,” Beckman said. “It’s nothing serious, but it was just something that we felt we wanted to do.”
Beckman anticipates having Scheelhaase return for today’s morning practice. It’s the lone practice session the Illini have Thursday before having another two practices on Friday in Rantoul.
“He should be back (Thursday), no problem,” Beckman said. “We’ve had three practices in 24 hours, so we really taxed them. Again, we’re going to have another practice (Thursday morning), but he’ll be ready and be able to go.”