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Scheelhaasse said he hopes the Illini can go downfield just a little more Saturday at home against Minnesota (5-4, 1-4).
While Illinois has dialed back its offense to protect Scheelhaase, the Illini on Saturday were able add to speedy cornerback Terry Hawthorne's responsibilities, and see just a little of the weapon Beckman hoped before the season that he might be.
Hawthorne has struggled with injuries this season, too, including a concussion. He's missed one game and been limited in a number of others.
But he senior stepped in to return kickoffs Saturday against the Buckeyes and had the best day Illinois -- accustomed to special teams struggle under both the first-year Beckman and his predecessor, Ron Zook -- has seen from a return man in a while.
Hawthorne averaged 26 yards a return, including a 45-yard return.
"I was glad to see him back there because he definitely made some plays," Beckman said. "Terry being kind of dinged up a little bit has put on the back burner some of the things we wanted to do with Terry -- to be on offense a little bit, to be back in the return game."
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