The staff of Writing Illini takes a look at the recent success of Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase. Scheelhaase is coming off of a career day against Miami (OH) and things are looking bright for the senior quarterback. However, the guys beg to ask: can Scheelhaase be consistent the rest of this season?
Ryan: Nathan Scheelhaase can only be as consistent as his line allows him to be, and as consistent as his receivers allow him to be.
Yes, Scheelhaase had a rough game against Washington, but half the time he was scrambling for his life because the pocket was not staying in tact long enough for him to make all of his reads, and when the line did afford Scheelhaase the opportunity to find an open man, several different passes were flat out dropped, including a pair of sure touchdowns.
Scheelhaase will be as successful as his supporting cast week in and week out, as he proved against Miami(OH) with his performance. If the line limits pressure, and the playmakers minimize mistakes, I have little doubt that Scheelhaase will post numbers similar to what he accomplished the first 2 weeks of the season in Coach Cubit’s offensive scheme.
Ricky: Yes, Nathan Scheelhaase can be consistent for the rest of this system. Why? Because of the Bill Cubit system. This season, Nathan Scheelhaase is throwing the ball more and only running when he has to. One of his biggest concerns throughout his career has being injuries, and one way the offensive systems avoids that is by passing more than running (with Scheelhaase only). As long as he stays healthy, he’ll be consistent. Bill Cubit knows this very well.
Austin: Scheelhaase, by the standards of the first two games of the season, didn’t have quite as good of a game as he had been having. After getting off to a slow start, however, he picked it up in the second half. Consistency has always been a concern for Scheelhaase, but his accuracy and decision making is much better than in seasons past. Some game the defense is going to be a little tougher, but Nathan will continue to, hopefully, make the right decisions. The biggest change in Nathan’s game is that he no longer runs with the ball because he can. He seems to only run when he has to make space or when there is a big hole. I continue to expect big things from Scheelhaase in 2013, and think he is on the right path to a very consistent offensive year.
Rees: Scheelhaase has never been consistent in any season he has played. That is not his style. He just needs to play his game and Illini fans have to just accept that we have to take the bad with the good. Hopefully the good will outweigh the bad.
What do you think, Illini Nation? Can Nathan Scheelhaase be consistent in 2013?
The Writing Illini staff includes lead editor Ricky Widmer, co-editor Ryan Kraemer, and staff writers, Austin Jabs, and Rees Woodcock.
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