Sep 7, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) looks for an open receiver during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

48 Days Until Illinois Fighting Illini Season Opener


Welcome to our Countdown to Kickoff series!  In this series, we’ll do roster previews as we count down the days until the Illinois Fighting Illini August 30th season opener against Youngstown State.

We are now 48 days away from the Illinois Fighting Illini season opener, and yet another day that features a number not worn by an Illini player in 2014.

Today in our countdown to the season opener by taking a look at the single season team records in the passing game for the Fighting Illini. Illini fans are hoping that whoever gets the nod as starting quarterback can put his name in the team record books while bringing the Orange & Blue to a bowl bid.

Here are the single season team passing records for Illinois:

Top 10 Season Passing Yardage

1. Tony Eason (1982) – 3,671
2. Tony Eason (1981) – 3,360
3. Jack Trudeau (1985) – 3,339
4. Nathan Scheelhaase (2013) – 3,272
5. Kurt Kittner (2001) – 3,256
6. Juice Williams (2008) – 3,173
7. Dave Wilson (1980) – 3,154
8. Jason Verduzco (1991) – 3,014
9. Jeff George (1989) – 2,738
10. Jack Trudeau (1984) – 2,724

Top 10 Season Touchdown Passes

1. Kurt Kittner (2001) – 27
2. Kurt Kittner (1999) – 24
3. Juice Williams (2008) – 22
3. Jeff George (1989) – 22
5. Jon Beutjer (2002) – 21
5. Nathan Scheelhaase (2013) – 21
7. Tony Eason (1981) – 20
8. Johnny Johnson (1994) – 19
8. Jack Trudeau (1983) – 19
8. Dave Wilson (1980) – 19

Top 10 Season Passing Efficiency

1. Nathan Scheelhaase (2013) – 140.7
2. Tony Eason (1981) – 140.0
3. Jon Beutjer (2002) – 138.9
4. Juice Williams (2008) – 138.1
5. Johnny Johnson (1994) – 137.6
6. Jack Trudeau (1984) – 136.3
7. Kurt Kittner (2001) – 135.8
8. Jeff George (1989) – 134.9
9. Nathan Scheelhaase (2011) – 133.4
10. Jason Verduzco (1990) – 132.5

Be on the lookout for our Countdown to Kickoff series as we continue to work our way to the season opener on August 30th.

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