2004: Drafted in the third round (92nd overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2004 Major League Baseball Draft ... Third overall Big Ten player selected in amateur draft ... Voted first-team All-Big Ten as a starting pitcher ... First Wildcat in history to be named first-team All-Big Ten in three straight seasons ... Led the Big Ten in ERA (2.68) and strikeouts (106), throwing 94.0 innings ... Second time in career Happ led the Big Ten in ERA (also as a freshman) ... Named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week three times throughout season ... His 106 Ks was three short of the single-season school record and made him just the second Wildcat to ever strike out over 100 batters in a season ... It is just the third time in school history ... He is seventh in career ERA (2.88) and fourth in career strikeouts (251), pitching 228.1 innings in his first three seasons ... He needs just 38 punch-outs to tie Zach Schara (1999-02) atop the Wildcat career K list ... Finished season with 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings average ... In Happ's 14 starts in 2004, team went 10-4 ... In final three starts of the season, Happ pitched three complete games, giving up four runs in 25.0 innings pitched ... Overall, he pitched four complete games, which included two nine-inning Big Ten shutouts vs. Indiana (4/2) and Michigan State (5/21) ... Struck out at least five in all 14 starts on the mound, setting down a season high 12 vs. Indiana (4/2) ... Gave up one run on one hit and struck out 11 in six complete innings at Florida (2/28) ... Struck out 10 in 7.1 innings vs. Purdue (4/16) and at Michigan State (5/21) ... Drove in one run on a sacrifice fly in only at bat of season at Michigan State (5/23) ... ERA never got above 3.20 anytime during the season ... His 94.0 innings pitched is the fifth best single-season innings pitched total in school history.
2003: Named First-Team All-Big Ten for the second straight season, becoming NU's first two-time first-team selection since Jeremy Kurella (1999-2000) ... 7-6 record in 14 starts, including 4-3 in Big Ten ... 3.58 ERA ranked third among NU's regular starters and fourth in the Big Ten ... Named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball for striking out 16 and walking one in a seven-inning game May 5 against Iowa ... Led the Big Ten with three conference Pitcher of the Week awards this season ... Struck out 94 hitters, third highest total in the Big Ten, compared to 33 walks ... In eight conference starts (50.2 innings), struck out 60 and walked 17 ... Threw six complete games, including five in Big Ten play, both team highs ... Tossed complete-game shutouts against Temple March 1 (3-0) and against Michigan State April 6 (2-0) ... Held opposing hitters to a .267 average in 318 at-bats ... Threw complete games in four of his final five regular-season starts, striking out 42 and walking seven in that span ... Career 3.02 ERA ranks seventh all-time at NU.
2002: Honorable Mention Freshman All-America by Collegiate Baseball for his work as a relief pitcher in 2002 ... First-team All-Big Ten ... Garnered second-team Mideast Region relief pitcher accolades, as voted on by Mideast Region coaches ... Voted 2002 team Co-Freshman of the Year by teammates ... Led the squad with a 2.10 ERA in 51.1 innings pitched, ERA is the ninth best single-season ERA in NU history ... Led the conference in ERA, posting a 1.52 earned run average in 11 Big Ten appearances (regular season) ... Ended season fifth in the Big Ten in appearances (21) and seventh in saves (4) ... Struck out a career-high six in NU's Game 4, 9-6 victory over Indiana, helping them qualify for the Big Ten Tournament ... Happ's 51 Ks was fourth on the team and the most by an NU freshman since Zach Schara in 1999 (54) ... Gave up only 12 earned runs all season.
High School: Bureau County Athlete of the Year ... Bureau County Baseball Player of the Year ... Team MVP senior season ... First-team All-Area Bureau County Republican junior and senior seasons ... Two-time first-team All-Area News Tribune ... Two-time first-team all-conference ... Four-year letterwinner in baseball and basketball ... Averaged 22 points per game senior year for basketball team ... All-time leading scorer at St. Bede High School in basketball ... Named to the Tri-County All-Tournament team ... Earned Associated Press All-State honorable mention ... Two-time first-team all-area selection in both the Bureau County Republican and the News Tribune ... Two-time first-team Tri-County All-Conference selection.
Personal: Born James Anthony Happ on Oct. 19 1982 ... Son of Jim and Sue Happ ... History major.