NU representatives earn placement on Academic All-America ballot
The 2011 Scouting Report: Former walk-on who earned a scholarship in 2008 ... Went from walk-on to a full-time starter in 2008 (started final nine games) ... Extremely hard-working player who is constantly improving his strength, footwork and fundamentals ... Underwent shoulder surgery for a second straight offseason and should be ready to go by start of preseason ... Started 25 career games ... Capital One Academic All-America candidate.
2011: Backup left guard ... Named to the Capital One Academic All-District squad for third straight year ... One of 10 NU seniors who is enrolled in graduate school ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2010: Academic All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (earned a 3.7 GPA or better for the 2010-11 academic year) ... Played in nine games with three starts at right guard.
2009:ESPN The Magazine first-team Academic All-District selection ... Former walk-on ... Started at right guard every game and has made 21 consecutive career starts ... Can also play the center position ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2008: Walk-on lineman who started at right guard in all eight Big Ten games and against Missouri in the Alamo Bowl ... One of team's most pleasant surprises ... Can also play center ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2007: Did not see action ... Named team's offensive practice player of the week vs. Eastern Michigan.
High School: Named to the NIC-9 All-Conference team (defensive tackle) and the Rivals Class 5A-8A All-State (defensive lineman) team in 2006 ... NIC-9 Conference Outstanding Scholar-Athlete recipient in 2005 and 2006 ... Lettered two years as a center and defensive tackle for the Titans ... Rockford Register Star Prep Athlete of the Week (12/14/2006) ... Totaled 56 solo tackles his senior season ... 2006 Academic All-State selection ... Helped lead the Titans to the 2006 Class 7A state playoffs in 2005 and '06 -- Boylan reached the second round in 2005 and the quarterfinals in 2006 ... Also lettered in track and baseball, and played basketball ... National Honor Society two years ... Coached by Dan Appino.
Personal: Born Douglas William Bartels ... Son of David and Carol Bartels ... Uncle, Alan Lettow, played football at Wisconsin (1967-71) ... Anthropology major.