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Illinois' Scheelhaase athletic, and analytic

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Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) is sacked by Southern Illinois linebacker Stephen Franklin, left, during the first half of the NCAA college football game in Champaign, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) is sacked by Southern Illinois linebacker Stephen Franklin, left, during the first half of the NCAA college football game in Champaign, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman
Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) is sacked by Southern Illinois defensive end Kyle Russo, (57) during the first half of the NCAA college football game in Champaign, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) is sacked by Southern Illinois defensive end Kyle Russo, (57) during the first half of the NCAA college football game in Champaign, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman

   CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Redshirt freshman quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was the talk of Illini land after he made a habit of leaping through the air during a victory over Northern Illinois.
   A fan talking on local radio summed up much of the sentiment: He's going to get hurt doing that.
   That comment was too much for Scheelhaase's dad, Nate Creer. The former Iowa Hawkeye got on the phone and told the radio audience that potentially dangerous plays came natural to his son. Fans, dad said, needed to ease up.
   So far in his short college career that athleticism has defined Scheelhaase. He's still learning the passing game and learning when to wait to throw rather than run.
   But Illinois coach Ron Zook says he's learning fast and seldom repeats a mistake.
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