Spring 2011 - Key
What's happening this spring season? Several Scout publishers
provide their insider info on the key questions that matter to the real
world of college football.
Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase Throw More?
Boise State's Move To The Mountain West Matter?
Have Things Changed At Colorado Under Jon Embree?
California's Next Superstar?
Florida State's E.J. Manuel Ready?
Q: Is Nathan Scheelhaase going to be more of a passer this year? How can the Illinois D replace top talents in Corey Liuget and Martez Wilson up the middle?
From Jack Lyman, illinois.scout.com … Scheelhaase will improve his role in the passing attack. He’ll learn to stay in the pocket longer, and he’ll develop better timing with his receivers with fall being even better for that than the spring.
It’s impossible to replace top athletes like Liuget and Wilson. There are some good looking young prospects available at both positions, but they lack experience.
There’ll be a lack of depth at several positions this spring, so we may not be able to get a true picture of the team's potential until fall. The offense will be improved if RB Jason Ford loses weight and becomes a productive back to replace Leshoure, but the Illini definitely need to develop more depth in the line. The defense will have a better understanding of what coordinator Vic Koenning wants from them, and the defensive backfield should have more depth.