Scheelhaase Named Candidate for Senior CLASS Award

Illini QB Nathan Scheelhaase was named one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award on Wednesday.
Illini QB Nathan Scheelhaase was named one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award on Wednesday.

Sep 4, 2013

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was named to the 30-player list of candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award college football award on Wednesday. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

Ten semifinalists will be chosen midway through the 2013 season, then fans will have a chance to be part of the final vote. The winner will be announced during bowl season in early January.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Scheelhaase is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a 2012 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar who completed his bachelor's degree in communication in three-and-a-half years. He will finish his master's degree in recreation, sport and tourism in December.

He was named a team captain as a sophomore and has shown great leadership on and off the field throughout his career. Scheelhaase also is very active in the community, doing everything from hosting local elementary students on a campus tour to participating in a pen pal program with a student in a Chicago elementary school. He has helped host members of the Challenger League, a local baseball league for kids with disabilities, visited the Danville Correctional Center and participated in the Decatur Illini Club's annual corn roast, among a host of other activities. He also is very involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Stone Creek Church in Urbana, Ill.

On the field, Scheelhaase is one of only two quarterbacks in Big Ten history to start and lead his team to bowl victories in his freshman and sophomore seasons. He has 37 career starts, third-most among quarterbacks in the nation, and is one of only seven quarterbacks in the nation to start four straight season-openers. He ranks in the top five in school history in career total offense, career passing efficiency and career rushing yards by a quarterback, and in the top 10 in career passing yardage, career pass completions, career pass attempts and career passing touchdowns. He started 2013 with a bang, throwing for 416 yards against Southern Illinois on Aug. 31, the fifth-most by an Illini in Memorial Stadium and Illinois' first 400-yard game since 2008.

Scheelhaase and the Illini host Cincinnati Saturday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium. Tickets are on sale now.

2013 Senior CLASS Football Award Candidates

Lamin Barrow Linebacker LSU
Chris Borland Linebacker Wisconsin
Derek Carr Quarterback Fresno State
Steven Clark Punter Auburn
Ross Cockrell Cornerback Duke
Vincenzo D'Amato Placekicker California
Alden Darby Safety Arizona State
Jake Fischer Linebacker Arizona
Andrew Furney Kicker Washington State
Dave Harding Offensive Guard Duke
Greg Heban Safety Indiana
Gabe Ikard Center Oklahoma
Will Jackson Offensive Line Georgia Tech
Jacob Karam Quarterback Memphis
Jordan Lynch Quarterback Northern Illinois
Taylor Martinez Quarterback Nebraska
Jake Matthews Offensive Tackle Texas A&M
AJ McCarron Quarterback Alabama
Jack Mewhort Offensive Line/Left Tackle Ohio State
Alex Page Defensive End South Alabama
Cairo Santos Kicker Tulane
Nathan Scheelhaase Quarterback Illinois
Eric Soza Quarterback Texas at San Antonio
Carey Spear Placekicker Vanderbilt
Will Sutton Defensive Tackle Arizona State
Travis Swanson Center Arkansas
John Urschel Offensive Guard Penn State
Kyle Van Noy Linebacker BYU
Avery Williamson Linebacker Kentucky
Ty Zimmerman Defensive Back Kansas State