Originally written on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 10/24/14
In the 2012 Illini spring game, they seemed to have the same exact issue that they have during the final seven games of 2011- throwing the ball forward. Perhaps part of the spring scrimmage m.o. was to hold back that part of the offense, but then again it’s a preseason exhibition why wouldn’t you let it fly? Unless it’s simply because you can’t? And the statistics for starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase were extremely putrid that rainy Saturday, continuing the regression that she showed the final seven games of 2011. In the bowl win over UCLA, the Illini couldn’t or just wouldn’t throw the ball downfield either. And now the one guy who made a vertical passing play in that game- AJ Jenkins- is playing his football a stone’s throw away from where that game was played (he was taken in the first round by the San Francisco 49ers, the game itself was played at the home of the MLB team, the Giants) It’s not like Reilly O’toole has been setting the world on fire with his numbers eithe...
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