6′-3″, 205 lbs.
Senior (on scholarship, 1 year to play 1)
Rockhurst High School / Kansas City, Missouri
Jersey Number: #2
What I Know About Him:
There is quite literally nothing I can put in this section that you don’t already know. When we were in the 60’s, sure, maybe I know more about LaKeith Walls than you do. But with Scheelhaase, you know it all. Let’s just skip to the next section.
What I Expect From Him:
If he had an outstanding season, that could mean, what, six more wins for us? Outstanding performances from your quarterback can mean so much. I still claim that Russell Wilson and Russell Wilson alone brought five more wins to Wisconsin in 2011. Yes, Ball was a great back, but with Ball returning and no Wilson last year they went 7-5. I’m getting off track here.
If Scheelhaase plays for 12 weeks like he did in the first six weeks of the 2011 season, we’re going to a bowl game. He was so good in those six games (after we reached 6-0 with the Indiana win, he was #5 nationally in passer rating and on a few midseason all-whatever teams). And then everything fell apart.
That’s the narrative with Nate, isn’t it? 18 games where he kept getting better and better and better until he was top-5 in passer rating. And then 18 games where things got worse and worse and worse until he finished the 2012 season with only four touchdown passes. What will we get in his final go-around?
And it almost wasn’t his final go-around. I don’t have a source on this other than “people who talk”, but the story I heard was that Zook wanted to pull Nathan’s redshirt in 2009 when Juice was injured, but Nathan’s parents and high school coach strongly urged the coaching staff to keep his redshirt on. Did that really happen? Dunno. Story I heard. But, if true and Zook got his way, this would be an O’Toole/Bailey battle going into tomorrow.
OK, brass tacks. When I talked to Nathan in the spring, he didn’t seem like Nathan. He just seemed beaten down. In Rantoul, his attitude was different. Maybe it’s distance from the season. Maybe it’s the fact that he got married in July. But there was a spring in his step in Rantoul. If he can recapture that spring in his step, he can have a Tyler Griffey/DJ Richardson senior season: complete redemption. And we can win more than three games. If not… you know, the first game is tomorrow. Let’s not talk about “if not”.