TEMPE, Ariz. -- Though Illinois coach Tim Beckman is not expected to name his starting quarterback before Saturday's game, ASU is preparing for banged up junior Nathan Scheelhaase.
Scheelhaase, the regular starter for the Illini, left the team's win over Western Michigan last week with an ankle injury. He practiced Wednesday and was said to be improving. Beckman told reporters he would decide after Thursday's practice if Scheelhaase or a backup -- sophomore Reilly O'Toole or junior Osei Miles -- would start Saturday, but Illinois did not have media availability Thursday.
"There's no uncertainty on my part," ASU coach Todd Graham said. "I'm going to prepare for their best quarterback, and there's no question in my mind that that's the guy. He's the best, and we wish him the best. I did not think when I watched it that he couldn't continue to play. So I feel pretty certain he'll play.
"I haven't tried to research, I haven't tried to look at it, I'm not worried about it. You better ...