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Illini Name Redshirt Freshman Starting QB
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois football coach Ron Zook has decided redshirt freshman Nathan Scheelhaase will start at quarterback this fall.

Zook said Wednesday that Scheelhaase proved himself a leader during spring football practices and was the strongest quarterback on the Illinois roster in running new offensive coordinator Paul Petrino's offense.

Scheelhaase is a Kansas City native. He beat out sophomore Jacob Charest for the job. Charest started occasionally last year in relief of Juice Williams for the 3-9 Illini.

Scheelhaase will take his first college snaps Sept. 4 against Missouri in St. Louis.

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