Scheelhaase said he's known for a while that he might be able to throw balls up high and have Wilson or others outjump the coverage, but seeing it done in a game gives him real confidence.
"I think — and we talked about that this last week — that there were going to be opportunities in that game, kind of even if they were covered," he said. "It was still really our best option to kind of throw it up high to those guys."
Big days against Miami, winless and statistically among the worst teams in the country, are one thing. Having a big day in the Big Ten opener Saturday at Nebraska, would be another.
But Cubit says the prospect of a tougher pass rush from the Cornhuskers won't keep him from putting his tight ends in positions to catch balls down the field on Saturday.
"No, no, we're going to send them out there and let me go do what they need to do," he said.
NOTES: Coach Tim Beckman expects Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez to play Saturday. Martinez hasn't practiced in two weeks because of an injury. Cornhusker coach Bo Pelini says Tommy Armstrong Jr. will probably start if Martinez can't practice Tuesday or Wednesday. ... Beckman said the coaching staff scripts plays like Saturday's early onside kick and two-point conversion before games. He said he likes such high-risk, high-reward plays. "I like playing the game with a little bit of, I guess, risk, I don't know if I'm a riverboat gambler or anything." ... Illinois' offense is spreading the ball around, using 13 receivers and 10 ball carriers so far. "It's been exciting just to see guys step up and make plays," Scheelhaase said.
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