They Said It: Illinois Players

Nathan Scheelhaase, Josh Ferguson and Jonathan Brown talk about Illinois' 50-14 win against Miami of Ohio.

Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase

On his touchdown pass to Evan Wilson in the second quarter:

"It was a great play by him. Really, they kind of schemed it up well and it was probably the best defense they could've designed for it. But Coach Cubit said all week when we had that play, `really their best case scenario should still be a jump ball with Evan and one of their defensive backs.' We got a guy that's 6-7, able to go up and jump and get the ball like that. That's a big play for him."

On the importance of Josh Ferguson to this offense:

"Yeah he's playing great. I think he is doing a lot for us in the running game, the pass game. He's another guy - you can move him around. You can do a lot with him. He presents a lot of threats with what he is able to do. It helps our whole offense out, because I think the defense really has to pay attention to where he is at all times."

On what clicked after the first quarter:

"I think really it could've been a better first quarter had I put the ball where the receivers needed on that second series. But I think the guys came out ready to roll and that's what we need as an offense. We talked about starting fast and getting things going. I think we really saw that today. Like I said, the only series I think we didn't really play up to par was when I just missed two throws. Guys were running wide open. So that's great to see from our offense."

Illinois RB Josh Ferguson

On offensive coordinator Bill Cubit:

"He's changed the culture of our offense in the past year he's been here. He's a genius. He puts us all in the best positions for every single person. The quarterback is playing well, I'm playing well, the running backs are playing well - as well as the wide receivers and tight ends. We're just excited to be under his guidance."

On his touchdown catch in the second quarter:

"It was a quick little screen. Slipped out a tight end to block, got around the block, and I knew it was just me and that one guy. I just gave him something. Honestly, I didn't think about what I was doing. I just kind of did it and I got by him. It was awesome."

On what the offense will have to do next week at Nebraska:

"We're going to go up there and give them a fight. It's Big Ten play so we're going to give it our all. We will be prepared."

Illinois LB Jonathan Brown

On how much the defense wanted the shut out:

"Man we wanted it. We worked for it, but I still think we improved in the things we need to improve on. So I'm not too mad, but we wanted that shutout."

On the defense's performance today:

"We played our best game. We definitely made some mistakes, but we improved on things from last week, which was tackling. I thought our tackling got a whole lot better. Now we're just focused on getting to Nebraska."

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