Former Huskers target Scheelhaase excited for return trip

Former Huskers target Scheelhaase excited for return trip
October 2, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Nebraska and its bottom-of-the-conference defense has a tough task this week in preparing for the suddenly high-flying Illinois offense.

The driving force of that offense is quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, who leads the Big Ten in passing. But, if things had played out differently a few years back, Scheelhaase might not be in this position. He might be on the other sideline.

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Scheelhaase revealed Monday that he was recruited by the Huskers, first under Bill Callahan and then under current head coach Bo Pelini.

"I visited Nebraska a few times, probably as much as any other school besides Illinois," Scheelhaase said Monday. "They originally recruited me under coach Callahan, still recruiting me when coach Pelini came in. I went to a game there when they played No. 1 USC at the time, went to a sold-out spring game there. So I've been around that stadium a couple times.

"I'm obviously excited for the next visit."

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Now it's up to Pelini to gameplan for Scheelhaase, a player he could've dressed in red and white.

"We were recruiting him, we thought he was going to be a really good player back then, and I think it's turned out to be that way," Pelini said Tuesday. "I think he's a really good football player. And he's tough. He can run, he's smart, he makes good decisions. I haven't seen him much over the last couple years, but I know right now he's playing really good football. He's a good player."