Status of Illini QB Scheelhaase, others murky

SHARE Status of Illini QB Scheelhaase, others murky

Normal.dotm

0

0

1

389

2221

STMP

18

4

2727

12.0

0

false

18 pt

18 pt

0

0

false

false

false

/* Style Definitions */

table.MsoNormalTable

{mso-style-name:”Table Normal”;

mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;

mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;

mso-style-noshow:yes;

mso-style-parent:””;

mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;

mso-para-margin:0in;

mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;

mso-pagination:widow-orphan;

font-size:12.0pt;

font-family:”Times New Roman”;

mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria;

mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;

mso-fareast-font-family:”Times New Roman”;

mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast;

mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria;

mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}

All

quiet on the Midwestern front.

While

bemoaning the “most [injuries] I’ve ever been around in my entire life,” Illinois

coach Tim Beckman said Monday that it’s too early to tell which wounded Illini

might be available for Louisiana Tech on Saturday (7 p.m., BTN).

It’s

a list that includes third-year starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase

(ankle); key offensive lineman, center Graham Pocic (knee); leading rusher Josh

Ferguson (concussion); key wideout Darius Millines (shoulder), middle

linebacker Houston Bates (ankle) and kicker Nick Immekus (leg muscle).

“I

can’t say anybody [in that group will return] for sure,” Beckman said. “That’ll

have to be determined as we go through Tuesday and Wednesday” practices.

An

educated guess is that Scheelhaase, Ferguson and Bates are the most promising, Millines

is the most questionable, and

Pocic and Immekus are somewhere in between. But that’s only a guess.

If

Beckman sat some dinged players vs. FCS Charleston Southern to let them heal

for the long haul, that would make a lot of sense. But if the Illini coach

didn’t want to say that publicly, that would make sense, too.

“We’re

not being cautious with anybody,” Beckman said. “[Scheelhaase] just wasn’t

ready. We’re not going to put anybody out there that’s not ready.”

LA.

DI DA: There’s no question that Louisiana Tech will be a major test for

Illinois’ defense. The Bulldogs (2-0), who are favored to repeat as WAC

champions, are averaging 56 points a game, third in the nation, and have scored

14 touchdowns on 21 possessions in their first two games. Their opener at Texas

A&M was postponed by Hurricane Isaac.

“They’ve

had a tremendous amount of yards after contact,” Beckman said. “They’re

making a lot of people miss. They’ve had 14 touchdowns in 14 [red-zone] possessions.

They’re No. 1 in the red zone in the country. They’ve been very successful.”

QUICK

COUNTS: Considering that La. Tech has allowed 86 points in wins over Houston (56-49)

and Rice (56-37), Illinois’ offense, which has scored four touchdowns in its

two games against FBS opponents, will need to shift into high gear this week.Healthy or not.

*

This game features sheepskins as well as pigskin. Illinois has 10 players who

already have earned their degrees, tied for fifth in the nation. La. Tech has

nine, for ninth.

*

Illinois’ MVPs in its 44-0 rout of Charleston Southern were receiver Ryan

Lankford (offense), linebacker Mason Monheim ( defense), kicker Taylor Zalewski

(special teams) and punt returner Tommy Davis (special teams).

The Latest
Anthony Templet, who confessed immediately after the shooting, tries to explain himself in skillfully made, three-part documentary on Netflix.
Developers invest in an industrial site’s turnaround and hope savvy tenants will buy into the vision of The Terminal.
Candace Parker reached another career milestone, becoming the fifth player in WNBA history with 600 career blocks.
The nearly 500 protesters also put tape over their mouths as a silent protest against social media’s “sensitive content” tag they say is being used to block news stories of Russian acts of terror.