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Nathan Scheelhaase breaks Illini career total-yardage mark

Updated: January 2, 2014 6:53AM

CHAMPAIGN — He was unable to lead his team back to a bowl game, but Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase completed a huge bounce-back season individually by setting a school career total-yardage record.

With 362 total yards in his last game, Scheelhaase broke former quarterback Juice Williams’ mark of 10,594 and set the bar at 10,634.

“After a loss, it’s really hard to take in what that means,” he said.

“I think it’s one of those things that I’ll definitely look back on and just be proud and thankful for all the people who made it happen.

‘‘With all those yards, as a quarterback, you’re not doing it yourself.”

Hull of a receiver

Senior Steve Hull ended his career on a pretty incredible tear. Over his last four games, the converted defensive back — in his first season as a wide receiver — had 40 catches for 653 yards and six touchdowns.

Scheelhaase found him 13 times for 155 yards and a touchdown in the finale.

QB or not to be?

The competition between Wes Lunt and Aaron Bailey for the starting quarterback job in 2014 has officially begun. The early guess here? Lunt, who sat out the season after transferring from Oklahoma State and has three years of eligibility left, will be the man.

Bailey, who played sparingly as a running quarterback as a true freshman, figures to have — at the very least — an expanded package of plays that’ll be called upon routinely in games.

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