Davey O'Brien Award Watch List
2004: Granted sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.
2003: Threw for 1,597 yards which gives him 4,108 career passing yards, seventh on Illinois' all-time passing list ... Averaged 228.1 yards passing per game and threw for 10 touchdowns ... Was 16-of-23 for 207 yards and four TDs vs. Illinois State ... Had a career day vs. California, setting career highs in completions (35), attempts (57), yards (430) and long pass (72); also had three TD passes ... His 430 yards marked the highest total in Memorial Stadium history and ranks as the fourth highest single-game passing total in school history ... Completed 63.0 percent of his passes ... Completed 31 of 44 passes (70 percent) for 284 yards and one touchdown in season opener vs. Missouri ... Started the first seven games before a back injury forced him to miss the remainder of the season.
2002: Led the Big Ten in passing yardage with 228.3 yards per game and was third in the conference in total offense with 228.9 yards per contest ... His 21 touchdowns were second in the Big Ten only to Heisman Trophy finalist Brad Banks of Iowa (26) ... Made seven starts and saw action in four other games ... Averaged 306 yards and 2.7 touchdowns, while completing 61.8 percent of his passes in his seven starts ... Threw four touchdown passes in his starting debut vs. Arkansas State and followed that up the next week with four TDs against San Jose State ... That was just the second time in school history that a quarterback has had back-to-back games with four touchdown passes ... Also had four TD passes in a 37-20 win at Wisconsin, Illinois' first win in Madison since 1992 ... Finished the season with 2,511 yards passing and 21 scores ... His 2,518 total yards is 10th on the Illinois single-season list ... His 21 touchdown passes are fourth on the Illinois single-season charts and ranks him seventh on the Illinois career charts ... Had four 300-yard passing days and his 426 yards passing vs. San Jose State was the fourth-highest single-game passing total in school history ... Nearly led Illinois to a win over No. 2-ranked and eventual national champion Ohio State with a 306-yard passing performance and one TD ... Entered the game in the third quarter against Penn State and threw for 157 yards on 19-of-28 passing and one touchdown ... Saw back-up action vs. Indiana... Connected on 28-of-38 passes for 426 yards against San Jose State, a Memorial Stadium record ... Also tossed four touchdown passes against San Jose State ... That performance merited a passing efficiency rating of 195.00, the 10th best passing efficiency day in Illinois history ... Was 18-of-22 (82 percent) for 277 yards and four touchdowns against Arkansas State, earning him a passing efficiency rating of 250.17 which is the third-best in school history ... Entered the Missouri game at the start of the fourth quarter and began the second half of the USM contest.
2001: Sat out the 2001 season after transferring from the University of Iowa.
High School: Illinois Player of the Year by USA Today, Gatorade and Champaign News-Gazette ... First-team All-State by News-Gazette, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald and Illinois High School Coaches Association ... Was a preseason All-American by SuperPrep and CNN/Sports Illustrated ... Featured in Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd in January, 1999 ... Unanimous All-Conference selection ... Set state high school record with 60 touchdown passes as a senior ... Set national record of 60 TD passes in 14 games ... Set state championship game records for TD passes (6), yards passing (493) and completions (29) ... Set school and conference record for touchdown passes in a game (7), completions in a season (149) and career (232), and passing yards in a season (1,743) ... Team offensive player of the year and MVP ... Special mention All-Conference and All-State as a junior ... Career totals include 316-of-504 passes for 5,492 yards with 79 TDs and 14 interceptions in 21 games ... As a senior, led prep team to a perfect 14-0 record and Illinois Class 6A state title, and completed 218-of-334 attempts for 3,939 yards, 60 TDs and only seven interceptions ... Prep team ranked 15th nationally by USA Today ...Also competed in basketball and track and field.
Personal: Born Aug. 15, 1980 ... The son of Nancy and Jim Beutjer ... Earned bachelor's degree in speech communication in December 2003 and is currently working on a master's degree in educational policy studies ... Earned academic All-Conference and All-State honors ... Attended same high school as legendary Illini Red Grange ... High school coach was John Thorne.
Passing Statistics YEAR G ATT COMP PCT YDS TD Int LP 2002 11 327 193 59.0 2511 21 11 51 2003 7 257 162 63.0 1597 10 9 72 TOTAL 18 584 355 61.0 4108 31 20 72