“I thought we were pretty productive,’’ he said as the Illini offense finished with 464 yards of total offense. “We did some good things, but we just need to be more consistent in what we were doing. Anytime, you put up the points like we did today and come out with the win, you are going to feel good.’’
And while the quarterback didn’t want to talk about himself, that didn’t keep his senior wide receiver from talking about him.
“Nathan had a great performance. As a WR, you love when a QB can get the ball around to all the receivers,’’ Lankford said, noting that Scheelhaase completed passes to 10 different receivers.
Lankford also loved how he and Scheelhaase started their day. On the first play from scrimmage, the duo connected on a 52-yard pass play leading to a 33-yard field goal by Taylor Zalewski, giving Illinois a 3-0 lead.
“After we hit it in Rantoul during one of the scrimmages, it was something we really liked,’’ said Scheelhaase, who seemingly did a number of things that most people thought he couldn’t do and his offensive coordinator cannot understand why he still has to prove himself.
“They should be excited about Nathan Scheelhaase for everything he has done here so far,’’ said Bill Cubit, the former head coach at Western Michigan. “He’s won two bowl games. Last year, the guy was really hurt.
“This has been fun for me, because when I first got here. All I heard was that he’s not going to throw real well. All these doubters and stuff like that. We fixed it together.’’
Cubit admitted that he had to correct the Scheelhaase throwing motion and his hip placement.
“I also evaluated him during every scrimmage that we had and he always started off slow,’’ Cubit said. “It was because we didn’t warm up enough. Some guys can just go out there, chuck it around and be ready in two minutes.