Illinois was able to survive Western Michigan on Saturday without its starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, who went down with an ankle injury. Whether or not Scheelhaase will be ready to play this weekend against Arizona State is still TBD.
During a press conference Monday, Tim Beckman said Scheelhaase is listed as questionable, but would not explain the details of the quarterback’s injury.
Here’s what Beckman had to say, courtesy of ESPN.com:
He practiced on Sunday night,” Beckman said. “He was out there, definitely not full-go. I know Nathan is going to do whatever he can to be out there on Saturday. I’m a firm believer in practice. You got to go through some practice, at least Wednesday’s practice. I’ve found out when you’re not ready and prepared come Saturday… if you haven’t practiced, you’re going to have a hard time to perform on Saturday. We’re going to see how that thing progresses. I just got done seeing him. He’s looking better and better, so we’re at least smiling.
“I want him healthy. We’re going to make that decision based on what’s best for him and the team. Does he have to be 100 percent? He has to be healthy to be successful and do what we’re trying to do.”
If Scheelhaase can’t go against the Sun Devils, sophomore Reilly O’Toole will get the start. Both teams enter the game 1-0.