Illinois Fighting Illini Football: Final Grades For Offensive Unit

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Nov 16, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) throws the ball during the second quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

Here are the final grades for the offensive unit for the 2013 Illinois Fighting Illini football team.

Quarterbacks: B+

Nathan Scheelhaase ended his football career with a really good senior season under new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit. The senior quarterback was able to throw for more than double the amount of yards and five times the amount touchdowns compared to his junior season. He threw for 3,272 yards and 21 touchdowns, but the most impressive part of Scheelhaase’s senior season was the fact that he was able to stay healthy all year long.

Illinois might have finished the 2013 season with only four wins, but Scheelhaase had a nice season statistically. He finished 20th overall among all FBS quarterbacks for total yardage in 2013. In the Big Ten conference, he finished the season as the 1st overall quarterback for total yardage and the 2nd overall quarterback for touchdowns.

The only negative spot on Scheelhaase’s season was his interception numbers. He threw 13 interceptions in 2013 which was the most among the quarterbacks in the Big Ten and tenth among all FBS quarterbacks.

Reilly O’Toole and Aaron Bailey also did good things with the time they had in 2013. O’Toole went 12-of-16 for 141 yards and one touchdown while Bailey ran for 83 yards and scored four total touchdowns as a freshman.

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