For the second straight week, Illinois will be without its starting quarterback of the past two-plus years.
The Illini confirmed Friday night that Nathan Scheelhaase will not play today in the game with Charleston Southern due to an ankle injury incurred in the opener against Western Michigan. There had been some optimism this week that the junior would be under center for the non-conference game against the FCS opponent.
Prior to missing last weekend’s loss to Arizona State, Scheelhaase had started 27 straight games for the Illini.
In place of Scheelhaase in the 31-point loss to the Sun Devils, the Illini used some semblance of a rotation that consisted of Reilly O’Toole and Miles Osei. At least for that weekend, the reviews were far from rave.
Combined, O’Toole and Osei were O’MG didja sei how LOL they were, completing 14-of-24 passes for 101 yards with one touchdown, three interceptions and a combined efficiency rating of 82.4. Last season, Scheelhaase finished fourth among Big Ten quarterbacks with a 133.4 rating in the efficiency category.
There’s no word yet on which player will start, although it’s safe to assume that both O’Toole and Osei will play.