Vanessa DiBernardo and Nathan Scheelhaase completed outstanding careers as Illini and now start down a new path in their lives.
Soccer, Football standouts win prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor
Scheelhaase, Hull, Kynard and Brown Voted 2013 Captains
Bates, Hull Both Honorable Mention Selections
Postgame Notes - Illinois vs, Northwestern - November 30, 2013
Photos from Illinois Football's 2013 postseason awards banquet, Dec. 8, 2013, at I Hotel. (Mark Jones/Illinois Athletics)
Illinois vs. Northwestern (November 30, 2013)
Illinois vs. Purdue Nov. 23, 2013
Illinois vs. Ohio State - November 16, 2013
Illinois takes on Penn State on the road
2013 - Senior: Started all 12 games and had 48 career starts at QB, the most ever for a QB at Illinois and tied for the most starts by any player in Illinois history ... Led the Big Ten and ranked in the top-25 nationally in completions per game (23.92, 11th), completion percentage (66.7, 16th), passing yards per game (272.7, 19th) and total offense per game (295.3, 21st) ... Top-five season in school history in passing efficiency (140.7, 1st), completion percentage (66.7, 1st), total offense (3,543, 3rd), completions (287, 3rd), passing yards (3,272, 4th), attempts (430, 4th) and TD passes (21, t-5th) ... Threw for 307 yards and two TDs in his final collegiate game against Northwestern ... Put up 495 yards of total offense at Indiana, the third-best single-game total in school history ... Also passed for 450 yards, the fifth-best passing game in school history, at Indiana on a career-high 38-of-58 passes ... Tied for ninth nationally with seven passes of 50 or more yards ... Had 321 yards passing with a 33-of-52 effort at Penn State ... Completed 19-of-24 passes for 278 yards and a career-high five TDs against Miami (Ohio) ... Tied a school record for TD passes in a half with all five TDs against Miami (Ohio) coming in the first half and broke the school record for TDs in a quarter, with four of those touchdowns coming in the second quarter ... Passed for 312 yards in week two against Cincinnati, the first back-to-back 300-yard games by an Illini quarterback since 2008 ... Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 2 after season-opening SIU game, his second career honor ... Threw for a then career-best 416 yards in the season opener against SIU, the fifth-best Illini passing performance in Memorial Stadium history and 10th-best in school history ... Had 340 passing yards in the first half against SIU, the most by an Illini QB in a half since Oct. 11, 2008 ... Finalist for Senior CLASS Award, which recognizes community, classroom, character, competition ... NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award semifinalist ... Named team's Most Outstanding Offensive Player ... Academic All-Big Ten ... 2014 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient.
2012 - Junior: Played and started in 10 games at quarterback during the season, missing the Arizona State and Charleston Southern games with an injury ... Completed 149-of-246 passes for 1,361 yards, four touchdowns and eight interceptions on the season ... Also rushed for 303 yards and four touchdowns on 125 carries ... Rushed for 76 yards and a TD on 20 carries, and completed 22 passes for 160 yards against Purdue ... Completed 15 passes for 175 yards against Minnesota ... Completed 19 passes for 96 yards and rushed for 36 yards on 15 carries at Ohio State ... Completed 17 passes for 176 yards and a TD and rushed for 32 yards and a TD against Indiana ... Ran for 34 yards on six carries and completed two passes at Michigan before leaving the game due to injury ... Completed 18 passes for 178 yards and a TD, and ran for 84 yards and a TD on 22 carries at Wisconsin ... Completed a career-high 28 passes for 270 yards against Penn State ... Started and completed 8-of-11 passes for 85 yards and a TD against Louisiana Tech after missing the Arizona State and Charleston Southern games due to injury ... Completed a 64-yard pass to Ryan Lankford for Illinois' first TD of the season and rushed for a TD in season-opening win over W. Michigan ... Named to the Davey O'Brien Award preseason watch list ... Named a preseason fourth-team All-Big Ten selection by Phil Steele ... Earned the team's Scholar-Athlete Award at the annual postseason banquet ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2011 - Sophomore: Team captain ... Started all 13 games ... Named team's Outstanding Offensive Back at the annual postseason banquet ... Earned Offensive Player of the Game honors in Illinois' win over UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl after rushing for 110 yards and completing 18-of-30 yards for 139 yards and one touchdown ... Completed 16-of-31 passes for 170 yards and had one rushing touchdown against Michigan ... Set career highs in completions and attempts at Purdue, going 22-of-35 for 217 yards ... Completed 12-of-22 passes for 210 yards and three TDs, including a career-long 77-yard completion, and rushed for 88 yards and another TD against Indiana ... Set career high in passing yards against Northwestern, connecting on 21-of-32 passes for 391 yards and three TDs and had the game-winning rushing TD with 0:13 left ... Completed 6-of-8 passes for 102 yards and rushed for 93 yards on nine attempts, including a career-high two rushing TDs, against South Dakota State ... Finished 16-of-23 for 267 yards and two TDs in season-opener against Arkansas State ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2010 - RS Freshman: Fourth-team Freshman All-American by Phil Steele and honorable mention Freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com ... Six-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week ... Named team's Rookie of the Year ... Finished seventh in the Big Ten in total offense and 10th in rushing (66.8 ypg) ... Started all 13 games at quarterback ... Completed 155-of-264 passes on the season (58.7 percent) for 1,825 yards, an Illinois freshman record ... Tossed 17 touchdowns against eight interceptions on the season for an efficiency rating of 132.0 ... Rushed for a UI freshman record and Illinois QB record 868 yards on 185 carries (4.7 ypc) with five TD on the season ... Completed a career-best 18 passes on 23 attempts for a career-high 242 yards and rushed for 53 yards and one TD in the Texas Bowl win over Baylor ... In the Texas Bowl, he completed his first 13 passes of the game, the longest completion streak to start a game and third-longest streak in school history ... Recorded one rushing TD and career bests in carries (24) and rushing yards (131), the fifth-best rushing total by a QB in school history, at Fresno State, earning him Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for the sixth time ... Had 21 carries for 101 yards and one TD at Michigan while throwing for 211 yards and three TDs, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors ... Named Big Ten Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week after posting a season high in total offense (313) and tossing a career high four touchdown passes in victory over Purdue ... Also had a career-best 80-percent completion percentage (16-for-20) and a QB rating of 227.9 against the Boilermakers ... Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after completing 13-of-16 passes for 123 yards and two TDs in win over Indiana ... Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after completing 15-of-19 passes for 151 yards and one TD, and rushing for 61 yards in Illinois' first-ever win at Penn State ... Had his first career reception for 23 yards against No. 2 Ohio State ... Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after completing 14-of-18 passes for 229 yards and two TD in the win over Southern Illinois ... Became third redshirt-freshman in UI history to start a season opener when he took the field against Missouri on Sept. 4 ... Named the starter on June 2, 2010 ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2009 - Freshman: Redshirted the 2009 season ... Earned Faculty Award fo exemplary leadership in community, classroom and on field for 2009-10 academic year.
High School: A four-star recruit by Rivals.com ... SuperPrep All-American ... Kansas City Star Metro Player of the Year ... Listed as the seventh-best quarterback nationally by Rivals.com ... Earned the 2007 Simone Award as the best player in the Kansas City metro area ... Earned first-team All-State honors from the Kansas City football writers as a senior ... Passed for 1,726 yards and 17 touchdowns, while rushing for 864 yards and 18 scores as a senior ... PrepStar All-American ... A four-star recruit by Scout.com ... A Rivals250 player ... Rated a top-20 national quarterback by Scout.com ... Ranked the No. 7 combo passer quarterback by Tom Lemming ... Two-time first-team All-Metro ... Rated the No. 3 player in the state of Missouri by Rivals.com ... Ranked as the No. 11 prospect in the Midlands by SuperPrep ... 2007 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year ... 2007 Kansas City Star Metro Offensive Player of the Year ... Earned first-team All-State honors from the Kansas City football writers and coaches as a junior ... Won Missouri state title as a junior with a 13-0 record and followed up with a 10-2 senior season ... High school coach was Tony Severino.
Personal: Last name pronounced SHEEL-house ... Son of LouAnn Scheelhaase and Nate Creer, who was a three-year football starter at Iowa at defensive back ... Born on Nov. 8, 1990 ... Earned bachelor's degree in communication in 3.5 years and is currently working toward a master's degree in recreation, sport and tourism ... Got married in July 2013 to high school sweetheart Morgan Miller ... Chose Illinois over Iowa, Oklahoma and Missouri.