Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase
On breaking the school’s all-time total offense yardage record
“It’s one of those things where, obviously after a loss it’s hard to really take in what that means. I think it’s one of those things that I’ll definitely look back on and just be proud and thankful for all the people that made it happen. With all those yards, as a quarterback you’re not doing it all yourself. You’re surrounded by a bunch of guys helping you out. To go into the record book at a school like Illinois, with a record like that, is amazing. It’s an amazing feat and something I can’t wrap my head around yet.”
On senior day
“It’s been a blast, it really has. I can’t describe it all, what this program and the people believing in me has meant to me. It has taught me so much. I’ve grown up so much through all this time and it’s just crazy to think that it’s over.”
Wide Receiver Miles Osei
On wearing injured teammate Ryan Lankford’s jersey
“Before, it started when I couldn’t find my jersey for practice and Lank (Lankford) gave me his and I started thinking about it, ‘Why not wear Lank’s jersey on his last night?’ I was going to keep it a surprise but other people started talking about it so I asked Lank if it was ok and he said yes. It was a privilege to wear his jersey and have his name on my back. He’s left a legacy as one of the best receiver to come through (Illinois) and just to wear his jersey was an honor.”
Linebacker Jonathan Brown
On the defensive development during the season
“It was fun. It didn’t necessarily show in wins and losses but what I saw everyday, with the guys I play with, the younger guys and their development, it means the world to me. When you see a guy come in from high school and become a man it makes you feel like a proud older brother.”
On the Northwestern offense
“I have to take my hat off to them, they’re a well-oiled machine. They do what they’re supposed to do; we knew that coming into the game. We made a couple mistakes that led to big plays.”
All quotes are from fightingillini.com.
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