Brian Blomquist
Brian Blomquist

RS Senior

Carol Stream, Ill.

High School:
Glenbard North

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 220





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• 2006 Wallace Award Watch List
• Baseball America Top 50 Senior Prospects

2006 Reshirt Senior: Went 4-5 with a 5.76 ERA in 12 appearances and nine starts • Was nearly unhittable at South Florida on March 3, getting the win with six shutout innings of four-hit ball while striking out three • Earned a win in the Big Ten opener over Purdue • Also got the win with 5 1/3 strong innings of relief in the series finale at Minnesota on April 30, earning back his spot in the starting rotation • Pitched Illinois into the Big Ten Tournament with eight shutout innings at Michigan State on May 21, giving up just three hits and a walk while striking out a career-high eight • Named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week after that performance.

2005 Redshirt Junior: Was Illinois' game-one Big Ten starter the entire season, posting a 10-3 record and a 3.53 ERA • Tossed four complete games and led the Illini in innings pitched with 102.0 • Allowed only 13 walks on the season, compared with 46 strikeouts • Named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on 3/1 after a pitching six shutout innings in his first start back from Tommy John surgery • Threw a complete-game two-hit shutout at Texas-Pan American in only his second start after elbow surgery • Opened the season 4-1 with a 1.82 ERA in nonconference action • Tossed a complete game in Illinois' Big Ten opener against Ohio State, getting the 7-1 win • Went 47 2/3 innings before allowing his first home run at Michigan State • Won six straight starts from 3/19-4/22, averaging over seven innings per start in that stretch • Had a 6-2 record in Big Ten action, repeatedly starting series well for the Illini • Never walked more than two hitters in any game and had five walk-free games • Won the NBC World Series with Prairie Gravel during the summer.

2004 Junior: Missed the entire season after undergoing Tommy John reconsructive elbow surgery.

2003 Sophomore: Was the game four Big Ten starter for the majority of the season with an ERA of 4.02 with nine appearances and seven starts with a record of 2-2 • Collected his first win of the season against Western Michigan, throwing eight innings giving up only two runs, striking out four and walking none • Earned his second win and first in the Big Ten against Iowa by throwing 6 2/3 innings while giving up three runs (two earned) and striking out two without a walk • Pitched for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League over the summer before becoming injured.

2002 Freshman: Defeated Blackburn College, 6-1, with five innings of work in the nightcap of a non-conference doubleheader • Threw well at Iowa, going five innings of scoreless, two-hit baseball in relief of Josh Gold in game two of the series • Pitched two shutout innings in Illinois' win against Illinois State • Entered the Kent State game in relief of Tim Gorski and went on to throw 5 2/3 innings in his Illini debut while allowing only two hits to pick up his first win in an Illinois uniform • First collegiate start came against Massachusetts on the Spring Trip • Played for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League over the summer.

Earned five varsity letters at Glenbard North: three in baseball and two in basketball • Posted a 23-5 career record • Struck out 93 and walked only eight as a senior for a strikeout to walk ratio of 11.6:1 • All-Area and All-State honoree in baseball as a junior and senior • DuPage Valley Conference Player of the Year in 2001 • Participated in All-Star games after both his junior and senior seasons • All-Conference baseball selection in 1999, '00 and '01.

Born Nov. 26, 1982 • Parents are Bill and Donna Blomquist • Plans to major in sports management • Lists biggest thrill in sports as "signing letter of intent knowing I'd be playing for the Fighting Illini" • Favorite athlete is Michael Jordan because of his determination, preparation and focus • Plans after school include playing professional baseball and then coaching • Past summer jobs include working at America's Pasttime Baseball Academy • Lists his parents as the biggest influence on his athletic career by "always pushing me to be the best."