Nathan Scheelhaase

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Nathan Scheelhaase
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1990-11-08) November 8, 1990 (age 26)
Davenport, IA
Alma mater University of Illinois
Playing career
2010-2013 Illinois
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2015 Illinois (Football Operations)
2015 Illinois (RB)
Accomplishments and honors

As a player

Nathan Scheelhaase (born November 8, 1990) is a former college football quarterback and coach. He was the starting quarterback for the Illinois Fighting Illini from 2010 to 2013. While playing at Rockhurst High School, he won the 2008 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year.

High school career[edit]

Scheelhaase attended Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri. While at Rockhurst, Scheelhaase was a good student as well as a ten-time varsity letterman in football, track, and basketball. He was a four-star prospect on both and He was ranked as the seventh best dual-threat quarterback on In football, Scheelhaase won the Thomas A. Simone Award, which is given to the most outstanding high school football player in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, his junior season. He was the fifth player from Rockhurst to have won the award, and the first since Brandon Shelby in 1999. Scheelhaase also was the recipient of the Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year for football his junior year. His junior year he led Rockhurst to a 13-0 season, and a Missouri Class-6 state championship passing for 1861 yards, 20 touchdowns and only five interceptions. On the ground he also rushed 120 times for 917 yards and 14 scores. He is 6’2” weighing 190 lb., and he runs a 4.5 40-yard dash.


Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Nathan Scheelhaase
Kansas City, Missouri Rockhurst High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 184 lb (83 kg) 4.53 Jul 16, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 20 (QB)   Rivals: 7 (QB), 3 (MO)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


Scheelhaase committed to the University of Illinois on July 16, 2008.[1] Scheelhaase was recruited by the University of Oklahoma, the University of Missouri, the University of Iowa, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Kansas among others before signing with The University of Illinois.[2] Scheelhaase played safety as a sophomore and admits that some schools talked to him about the possibility of him playing on defense, but under center is where he wants to be. "Most everybody is recruiting me at quarterback and that's what I think I'm gonna play."

College career[edit]

Nathan Scheelhaase was red-shirted his freshman year; Illinois would start QBs Juice Williams and Eddie McGee.

Scheelhaase became the starting quarterback for the 2010 season.[3] Nathan would lead Illinois to a 6-6 season; completing 137 passes on 241 attempts for 1,583 yards in the regular season, along with 17 touchdown passes and 8 interceptions. Scheelhaase also ran for 806 yards on 175 carries and 4 touchdowns, and was an excellent complement to Illini RB Mikel Leshoure in the running game.

In the 2010 Texas Bowl against Baylor, Scheelhaase completed 18 passes on 23 attempts for 242 yards with no interceptions.[4] Scheelhaase had a 55-yard touchdown run late in the game, and led Illinois to their first bowl victory in over a decade. The Fighting Illini won the game 38-14.

Coaching career[edit]

On May 19, 2015, the University of Illinois announced it had hired Sheelhaase as Assistant Director of Football Operations.[5] He had been offered the same position the year previous, but declined it because of a previous commitment to a youth ministry in Louisville, Kentucky. On August 29, 2015, after the firing of Scheelhaase's head coach from his playing days, Tim Beckman, Illinois Offensive Coordinator Bill Cubit was promoted to Interim Head Coach, which opened up a slot on the Illinois coaching staff, and Scheelhaase was promoted to running backs coach.[6]


Scheelhaase's college stats at the completion of the 2013 season. Source:[7]

Passing Rushing Receiving
Season Team Rating Att Comp Pct Yds TD INT Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD
2009 Illinois Redshirted - - - - - - - - - - - -
2010 Illinois 132.0 264 155 58.7 1,825 17 8 185 868 5 1 23 0
2011 Illinois 133.4 291 184 63.2 2,110 13 8 191 624 6 1 9 0
2012 Illinois 105.9 246 149 60.6 1,361 4 8 125 303 4 0 0 0
2013 Illinois 140.7 430 287 66.7 3,272 21 13 113 271 4 0 0 0
Totals 130.2 1,231 775 63.0 8,568 55 37 614 2,066 19 2 32 0


Nathan holds the Illinois Fighting Illini football record for career total offensive yards with 10,634. Other records held by Scheelhaase are the third most career passing yards with 8,568, the highest season completion percentage with 66.74% (287-430), and the second most career rushing yards by a quarterback with 2,066.

Personal information[edit]

His father, Nate Creer, started at defensive back for the University of Iowa, and started for the 1985 team that lost to UCLA in the Rose Bowl to finish 10-2, and be ranked No. 10 at the end of the season AP Poll. He was named as one of Iowa’s all-time team MVPs.


  1. ^ "Nathan Scheelhaase". Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  2. ^ "Nathan Scheelhaase". Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
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  5. ^ "Source: Illini hiring Scheelhaase". Champaign News-Gazette. Retrieved 2015-09-13. 
  6. ^ "Illinois expected to promote Nathan Scheelhaase to running backs coach". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2015-09-13. 
  7. ^ "Nathan Scheelhaase Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 

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