Nate Scheelhaase named Iowa State running backs coach

Former Illinios QB replaces Louis Ayeni

AMES — Iowa State hired its new running backs coach Thursday after Louis Ayeni left for Northwestern, his alma mater earlier this month.

Football coach Matt Campbell announced the hiring of Nate Scheelhaase, who was at Illinois for the last three seasons. He spent the last two seasons as an offensive analyst.

“Nate will be a valuable addition to our staff,” Campbell said in a news release. “I feel Nate is a rising star in this profession. He is energetic, has a high football I.Q. and will fit in perfectly with our current staff. We can’t wait for Nate to get started here at Iowa State.”

Scheelhaase has no shortage of talent in his running backs room. David Montgomery earned All-American status from Pro Football Focus last season as a sophomore after he rushed for 1,094 yards and 11 touchdowns. Scheelhaase also has Mike Warren, who was a 1,000-yard rusher his freshman season, but hasn’t produced at the same level since Montgomery entered the fold.

Kene Nwangwu will return for the 2018 season after redshirting in 2017. He showed flashes in 2016 as a kick returner and backup running back, but tore his Achilles before the 2017 season. Nwangwu was forced to redshirt, but Campbell said Nwangwu was the most explosive player on the field during the bowl practices.

Scheelhaase was a four-year starting quarterback at Illinois and a two-year captain.

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