Brown, Scheelhaase Named to All-Big Ten Teams
Dec. 2, 2013
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Senior linebacker Jonathan Brown and senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase were both named to the All-Big Ten second team on Monday by media that cover the conference, while two others were honorable mention selections by the media and coach panels.
Junior LEO Houston Bates and senior wide receiver Steve Hull were honorable mention selections by the media, while Brown, Hull and Scheelhaase were all honorable mention selections by the league's coaches. Scheelhaase also was Illinois' honoree for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for the third straight year.
Brown had a huge senior season, leading the team and ranking second in the conference in tackles with 119, and ranking third in the Big Ten with 15.0 tackles for loss. He also added 5.0 sacks, four pass breakups, one interception and one forced fumble on the season. For his career, Brown made 317 tackles including 45.5 TFLs, the third-most in school history, and 14.0 sacks. It marks the third time Brown has been an all-conference selection, as he was an honorable mention pick by the media in 2012 and was a second-team media selection and honorable mention coaches selection in 2011.
Scheelhaase had one of the best seasons for a quarterback in school history in 2013, breaking school records for passing efficiency (140.73) and completion percentage (66.7), while throwing for 3,272 yards, the fourth-most in school history, and 21 touchdowns, fifth most in UI history. He led the Big Ten in total offense (295.2 ypg), passing yards (272.7 ypg), passing touchdowns (21) and completion percentage (66.7).
A four-year starter, Scheelhaase finished his career ranked in the top-three in Illinois history in the following categories: first in total offense (10,634 yards, seventh most in Big Ten history), second in career completion percentage (63.0), pass completions (775) and rushing yards by a quarterback (2,066), and third in career touchdown passes (55), passing efficiency (130.2), passing yardage (8,568 yards) and pass attempts (1,231 attempts).
Bates was second on the team with 12.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks to go with 40 tackles, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Hull, meanwhile, closed out his career with a bang. The three-year starting safety turned wide receiver finished with 59 receptions for 993 yards, the eighth-most in a season in UI history, and seven touchdowns. He was especially effective late in the season, leading the nation in receiving yards in the month of November with 712 yards on 46 catches in five games.