Wednesday Afternoon Practice Notes

Quick hitting news and notes from Illinois' Wednesday afternoon practice.

RANTOUL, Ill. - The afternoon practice Wednesday wasn't quite as intense as the full-pad, full contact morning session, but there were still a few goings on to report…

Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (ankle) took part in individual drills but did not lead the No. 1 offense in 7 on 7. He sat that portion out after injuring his ankle in the morning practice. Coach Tim Beckman said Scheelhaase is expected back Thursday and should be practicing with no limitations.

With Scheelhaase sidelined, Reilly O'Toole took over the starting unit, with Aaron Bailey getting reps as the backup. Wes Lunt guided the third string.

Beckman said he was pleased with the way both O'Toole and Bailey performed in their elevated roles.

From what I saw, Bailey had some moments with that big arm of his. He always has a couple of throws that let you know he's legit. He'll sail a few or have a miscommunication here or there, and sometimes he'll try to throw the ball through a brick wall when it's not necessary, but he can zip it like no other.

O'Toole did fine. I was neither blown away or let down on any of his reps.

Patrick Flavin spent some time with the No. 1 offense as well, taking Corey Lewis' place at right tackle for a few series. Nothing to worry about with Lewis, but the staff is trying to bring Flavin along and give Lewis some rest on these two-practice days.

Flavin is up to 290 and looks physically more ready than in the spring.

Again, Jonathan Brown did cardio on the side and responded well, according to Beckman. He's expected back Friday.

Every time I turn my head, Steve Hull is making a play. If he stays healthy, I expect him to be on the field. He's fluid, fast and catches everything. I'll give a nod to Miles Osei too. He and Scheelhaase have a good connection and Osei has more than enough athleticism to make plays.

Like I said, it was kind of a dialed back practice after the hard work put in earlier, so not much in the way of reads to make on my part. If you have any questions or are wondering about a player or position I haven't mentioned, please feel free to ask me on the premium message board. I encourage it greatly!

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