Apr 12, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) prepares to take a snap during the first half of the spring football game at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Football Recruiting: How Important is The 2013 Season to Nathan Scheelhaase?


The staff of Writing Illini takes a look at the upcoming 2013 season for Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase. Last year, he threw for 1,361 yards with four touchdowns and eight interceptions. The guys talk about how important 2013 will be for Scheelhaase and why.

Nov 10, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

Austin: 2013 is extremely important to Nathan Scheelhaase, in that like most players in college football, he is hoping for life after Illinois. He has shown at times that he can be one of the hardest dual threat quarterbacks to stop in the Big Ten, and has a chance to make some noise for the NFL Draft if he is able to compete at a high level. He needs to improve his numbers while limiting turnovers, meaning he has a lot to do this year to improve this team. That being said, I don’t think that this year is as important to Scheelhaase as Scheelhaase is important to the Illini success in general.

If the team hopes to do well, Nathan has got to succeed. Nobody wants to see another long year, and if they hope to have a solid season, it will have to come from the quarterback play in 2013.

Ryan: The upcoming 2013 Illini Football campaign will be huge for Nathan Scheelhaase on a couple of levels. First off, it’s his senior year and it’s his time to go out on a high note. This could very well end up being the final season that Scheelhaase laces up his cleats on the gridiron.

That said, if Scheelhaase is harboring any thoughts of playing in the NFL he had better step up his passing game in a major way under new OC Bill Cubit. Cubit’s known for having QB’s put up monster seasons in his system in the past. So, Scheelhaase is going to have every opportunity to sling it all over the field and hope to catch the NFL scouts attention in the process. If Scheelhaase finds a passing groove early, and ditches the early pull down scrambles he’s been known for in the past, this might very well turn out to be a more important season than even Scheelhaase himself would have ever realized because it could lead him into a future job on Sunday afternoons in the League.

Ricky: The 2013 season is important to Nathan Scheelhaase, but every reason is a personal reason. I say this because do you think Scheelhaase cares about how good Illinois is after him or that he cares about making the NFL? Yea, making the NFL is a strong first. Nathan needs to have a strong 2013 season to prove he can be any kind of NFL quarterback, even a backup. He most likely will not be a starter in the NFL, but could be used much like Tim Tebow.  He can run. but cannot throw effectively. Yes, it is true that working with Bill Cubit may help, but I feel Scheelhaase is a place holder for Wes Lunt.

What do you think, Illini Nation? Do you to the 2013 football season is important for Nathan Scheelhaase? If so, how important?

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