? Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year Candidate.
? Butkus Award Candidate.
? The Sporting News Preseason First-Team All-Big Ten.
? Athlon Preseason First-Team All-Big Ten.
? Lindy?s Preseason First-Team All-Big Ten selection.
? Rated the No. 14 linebacker by Lindy?s.
? Rated the No. 15 linebacker by The Sporting News.
2001: Second team All-Big Ten selection by the media and an honorable mention selection by the conference coaches ... Started all-12 games at linebacker ... Was the team leader in tackles, sacks and tackles for loss ? Totaled 125 tackles, seventh among Big Ten defenders ? Reached the 100-tackle plateau for the second straight season ... Finished with six sacks for 23 yards in losses, seventh in the conference ? Had 17 tackles totaling 45 yards in losses ? Had a career high 17 tackles vs. Minnesota ? Also added a sack against the Golden Gophers ? One of the teams top-two tacklers in 10 of 12 games ? Recorded double figures in tackles on seven occasions ? Had 15 tackles, 12 of which were unassisted and a TFL vs. Northwestern ... Had two PBU?s, a quarterback pressure and two tackles for loss vs. Northern Illinois ... Had nine tackles, a forced fumble and his first-career sack at Michigan, the same stadium where his father played his collegiate football ? Had seven tackles, two sacks and a career high four TFL?s at then No. 15 Purdue ? Opened the game with a TFL in each of the first two series of the game ? Totaled 13 tackles and a sack vs. Penn State ? Had nine tackles and three TFL?s at Ohio State ? Averaged 11.8 tackles and two TFL?s per game over the last five contests.
2000: Started in all 11 games and ranked second on the team in total tackles ... Ranked seventh in the conference with 104 tackles, 73 of which were solo ... Also registered two tackles for loss and three pass deflections ... Had a career-high 13 tackles in games against Ohio State and Northwestern ... Had 12 tackles and a tackle for loss vs. Michigan State ... Had 10 solo tackles at Minnesota ... Registered 10 tackles in shutout win over Iowa ... Recorded nine tackles vs. Michigan and at Penn State ... Posted double-digit tackles in five games and nine-plus tackles in seven games ... Had six tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass broken up at San Diego State.
1999: Reserve linebacker saw action in all 12 games on special teams and on defense as a true-freshman ? Recorded 17 tackles, including two for loss ? Ranked second on team with two forced fumbles ? Had key block in Eugene Wilson?s 56-yard punt return which got the Illini to the 2 yardline against SDSU ? Posted two solo tackles including one for loss in the Illini?s 63-21 win over Virginia in the Micronpc.com Bowl.
High School: All-conference and MVP of Catholic League Metro Blue division ? Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times all-state selection ? All-American honorable mention by USA Today ? Selected as a ?Super Sleeper? signee by recruiting analyst Tom Lemming ? Played outside linebacker, tight end and special teams for Mt. Carmel?s IHSA class 5A championship team under Coach Frank Lenti ? Helped lead the Caravan to a 14-0 record and Chicago Catholic Metro Blue Conference championship ? Lettered in football and basketball.
Personal: Full given name is Gerald Francis Schumacher ? Nickname is Schu ? Born Dec. 19, 1980 in Chicago ? Parents are Gerald and Catherine Schumacher ??Has one brother and two sisters ? Sister Katie was a member of the 1999 national championship Penn State volleyball team ? Member of the national honor society ? Majoring in leisure studies ? Favorite athlete is Michael Jordan ? Enjoys fishing and golf ? Lists most memorable athletic moment as winning the football state championship ? Father, Jerry, played football at the University of Michigan ? Uncle, Frank Maloney, coached football at Michigan and Syracuse ? Lists Fighting Illini athletic hero as Dick Butkus ? Played at same high school that produced former Illini standout and current NFL star Simeon Rice ? Helped Coach Turner and teammates conduct the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field in 2002.
CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 17 vs. Minnesota, 10/6/01 Solos: 12 vs. Minnesota, 10/6/01 & vs. Northwestern, 11/22/01 TFL: 4 at Purdue, 11/3/01 Sacks: 2 at Purdue, 11/3/01 PBU: 2 vs. Northern Illinois, 9/8/01 Fumble Forced: 1 at Michigan, 9/22/01