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    Jeff Backes
    Jeff Backes

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Columbus, Ohio

    High School:
    Upper Arlington

    Height / Weight:
    5-9 / 190

    Position:
    CB

    Birthdate:
    08/03/1982



    The 2005 Scouting Report: Tabbed the Anson Mount Scholar-Athlete by Playboy magazine ... Attempting to become a three-time Academic All-America (earned second-team honors in 2003, first-team honors in 2004) ... Already accepted into Northwestern's School of Medicine ... Despite shoulder injuries, has developed into a solid cornerback since moving from offense following the 2002 season ... A gifted athlete, the move to cornerback was the second position change for him since coming to NU ... Has moved from running back to wide receiver to the defensive secondary ... His outstanding speed and leaping abilities provide him the physical tools to be a solid defensive performer ... Continues to get better with experience ... Great mind for the game ... Northwestern's career leader in kickoff return average.

    2004: ESPN The Magazine first-team Academic All-American ... Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Named an honorable mention mid-season All-America kick returner by SI.com ... Averaged 30.3 yards per kickoff return, which led the Big Ten ... Has started 25 games at NU (three as an offensive player) ... Started '04 with six tackles (four solos) and a breakup vs. TCU ... Named team's Defensive Big Playmaker vs. TCU ... Totaled six solo tackles vs. ASU ... Had six tackles (five solos) and a career-high three breakups vs. Kansas ... Two solo tackles vs. Minnesota ... Had a career day returning kicks at Minnesota, totaling two returns for 136 yards ... One of his returns went for 97 yards and a touchdown -- the fifth longest kickoff return in school history ... Registered a 49-yard return against Ohio State, to go along with a career-most 10 tackles (eight solos) and his first career interception (a diving catch in the OSU end zone) in the win over his hometown Buckeyes ... Missed Indiana game with an ankle injury he suffered late in the Ohio State game (on a kickoff return) ... Came back to play sparingly at Wisconsin ... Versus Purdue, notched two tackles and two pass deflections, including a breakup on a potential game-winning Hail Mary pass ... Injured the same ankle in the first half of the Penn State game and did not return ... Played in a reserve role at Michigan and notched one solo tackle ... Delivered one of his career's biggest plays Nov. 20 vs. Illinois, returning a punt 73 yards for a score -- that TD tied the game at 21-21 and helped NU pull out a 28-21 OT victory ... Also had nine tackles (six solos), a fumble recovery and a pass breakup vs. the Illini ... Finished with 115 punt return yards vs. Illinois ... Became the first NU player in 12 years to record both a punt and kickoff return for TD in the same season ... Three solo tackles and a pass breakup at Hawaii.

    2003: CoSIDA second-team Academic All-American ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Like Louis Ayeni, made the transition from offense to defense in the off-season, earning a starting corner position ... In his first start on defense, totaled one tackle, a forced fumble and two pass deflections at Kansas ... Registered six tackles (four solos and one TFL) vs. Air Force ... Four tackles (three solos) and a pass breakup vs. Miami ... Had one of season's best games at Duke with three solo tackles ... Totaled five tackles (two solos) at Ohio State ... Two assisted tackles vs. Minnesota ... Had a 37-yard kick return vs. the Gophers ... Also returned punts for the first time vs. Minnesota, and totaled 20 yards on three returns ... Two tackles at Indiana ... Had a career-high seven tackles (five solos) vs. Wisconsin ... One solo tackle at Purdue ... Notched four tackles (three solos) and a pair of breakups vs. Penn State ... Three hits vs. Michigan ... Registered five tackles (two solos) at Illinois ... Returned a kickoff a season-long 41 yards vs. the Illini ... Totaled six tackles (four solos) in the Motor City Bowl vs. Bowling Green.

    2002: Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Due partly to injury and partly to the strong play of Jason Wright, was moved to wide receiver just prior to the start of Big Ten action ... Named a fourth-team Sporting News Freshman All-America kick returner ... Ranked 13th nationally in kickoff return average (26.2 ypr) ... Averaged 31.8 yards per kick return in his final five games ... Injured his shoulder (separated) against Duke ... Started at receiver vs. Ohio State and caught four balls for 32 yards ... Totaled four more receptions at Minnesota (29 yards) ... Also had 41 rushing yards on two carries vs. the Gophers ... One catch at Penn State ... Had a 47-yard kick return vs. the Nittany Lions ... Had kickoff returns of 37 and 31 yards against Purdue before unleashing a career-long 73-yarder vs. Indiana ... Had two catches (19 yds.) at Iowa and a 49-yard kickoff return -- the longest kick return against the Hawkeyes in 2002 ... Team's leading rusher in first two games--31 yards at Air Force and 48 vs. TCU ... Tallied his first rushing TD against TCU, a 17-yard rush ... Second on team with a 60.8 all-purpose ypg average.

    2001: Redshirted ... Four-time scout of the week.

    High School: Ohio's "Mr. Football" in 2000 ... Named SuperPrep All-Midwest Region ... PrepStar All-Midwest Region ... Division I Player of the Year in Ohio ... All-state ... Agonis-Columbus Dispatch team ... Team captain ... Rushed for a state-record 3,354 yards and 44 touchdowns in 15 games ... Had seven interceptions on defense ... Rushed for 363 yards in one game ... Rushed for five touchdowns in a game twice his senior season ... Selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game and Big 33 Game ... Upper Arlington went 15-0, won the state championship and achieved a final national ranking of 13th by USA Today ... Lettered 10 times as a prep (3 -- football, 3 -- basketball, 4 -- track) ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Honor roll ... High school coach was Darrell Mayne.

    Personal: Born Jeffrey Robert Backes on 8/3/82 ... Son of Carl and Wendy Backes ... Chose NU over Ohio State and Virginia ... Psychology (pre-med) major.

    Backes' Career Statistics 
    

    RUSHING G Att Yds TD Lg Avg/C Avg/G 2002 12 23 124 1 32 5.4 10.3 2003 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2004 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 TOTAL 6 23 124 1 32 5.4 3.4

    RECEIVING G Rec Yds TD Lg Rec/G Avg/C Avg/G 2002 12 18 127 0 23 1.5 7.1 10.6 2003 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2004 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 TOTAL 36 18 127 0 23 0.5 7.1 3.5

    DEFENSE G UA A Total TFL Yds PD FF FR 2002 12 3 2 5 0.0 0 0 0 0 2003 13 32 17 49 1.0 2 5 1 0 2004 11 37 8 45 0.0 0 9 0 1 TOTAL 36 72 27 99 1.0 2 14 1 1

    PUNT RTNS G No. Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2002 12 1 7 0 7 7.0 0.6 2003 13 3 20 0 12 6.7 1.5 2004 11 10 128 1 73 12.8 11.6 TOTAL 36 14 155 1 73 11.1 4.3

    KICK RTNS G No. Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2002 12 18 472 0 73 26.2 39.3 2003 13 9 202 0 39 22.4 15.5 2004 11 11 333 1 97 30.3 30.3 TOTAL 36 38 1007 1 97 26.5 28.0

    INT'S G No. Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2002 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2003 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2004 11 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 TOTAL 36 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0

    ALL-PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G 2002 12 124 127 7 472 0 730 60.8 2003 13 0 0 20 202 0 222 17.1 2004 11 0 0 128 333 0 461 41.9 TOTAL 36 124 127 155 1007 0 1413 39.2

    SCORING G TD Rush Pass Retn PAT 2PAT FG Total Avg/G 2002 12 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.5 2003 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2004 11 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 12 1.1 TOTAL 36 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 18 0.5