Sep 1, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) during the third quarter against the Western Michigan Broncos at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE

Nathan Scheelhaase Injury: Illinois QB Knocked Out Of Game

The Illinois quarterback's ability to play will be the subject of discussion this week.

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Nathan Scheelhaase Injury Update: Illinois QB Practices, Listed As Starter

University of Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase practiced Sunday and has been listed as the starter for their upcoming game at Arizona State, according to Jeremy Werner of OrangeandBlueNews.com.

Scheelhaase left Saturday's contest with Western Michigan in the third quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. Backup quarterbacks Reilly O'Toole and Miles Osei struggled mightily filling in for the injured starter. Scheelhaase was 11-for-18 for 128 yards, one touchdown and one interception before exiting Saturday's game with a double digit lead. He also added 21 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Scheelhaase, a junior, earned the starting quarterback job as a freshman and has led the Illini to consecutive bowl game victories the past two seasons. He finished last season with 2,110 passing yards and 13 touchdowns, along with 624 yards and six touchdowns rushing.

For more on Illini football, visit Illinois' blog Hail To The Orange, plus SB Nation's Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire and SB Nation's College Football Hub.

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Nathan Scheelhaase Injury: Illinois QB Knocked Out Of Game

Tim Beckman's first game as the head coach of the Illinois Fighting Illini could see a long-term loss of his starting quarterback, as Nathan Scheelhaase has left the game against the Western Michigan Broncos with an apparent ankle injury suffered in the third quarter.

Until the third quarter injury to Scheelhaase, Illinois was maintaining a double digit lead over Western Michigan. Scheelhaase was a big part of that, going 11-for-18 on the day with 126 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Taking the field in place of Scheelhaase is sophomore Reilly O'Toole, who hast 270 career yards with one touchdown and four interceptions for Illinois. It goes without saying that, if you're an Illini fan, you'd much rather have Scheelhaase leading this program, not only for this game but for those coming up on the schedule.

For more on Illini football, visit Illinois blog Hail To The Orange, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire and SB Nation's College Football Hub.

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