If the father of Illinois senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase is going to watch his son play a game at the collegiate level the remainder of this season, he’ll have to go on the road to do it.
Nathan Creer, Scheelhaase’s father, has been banned from the Illini campus for one year following an incident during last Saturday’s game at Memorial Stadium, the Indianapolis Star reported. The incident occurred roughly midway through the Illini’s loss to Michigan State and ended with Creer being arrested and charged with resisting a peace officer.
The university’s police chief, Jeff Christensen, told the Star that “campus bans are ‘standard practice’ when someone who isn’t a student or university employee is suspected of creating trouble at the school.”
The arrest and charge came after an incident involving Creer, who police said appeared to be intoxicated, and several fans in what was technically referred to as a “fight.” Police officers were called into the stands after the altercation was reported at around 3:30 local time.
“From what I heard, somebody was intoxicated, words were exchanged, swings were exchanged. We got the parties separated. Some calmed down and went along with the program. Some did not,” UI deputy police chief Skip Frost said earlier this week.
One of the some (allegedly) was Creer, who was arrested after he pulled away from an officer attempting to remove him from the incident involving upwards of 10 people. Creer was the only individual hit with charges stemming from the brouhaha, although three other individuals involved were ejected from the stadium.
Campus police have stated they are unsure what sparked the incident.
Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.
Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.
“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”
Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.
You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season? Watch lists are being whittled.
The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior. The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.
The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten. The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).
Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah