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    Brett Basanez
    Brett Basanez

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Arlington Heights, Ill.

    High School:
    St. Viator

    Height / Weight:
    6-2 / 215

    Position:
    QB

    Birthdate:
    05/11/1983



    General: Four-year starting quarterback ... Set every major career passing and total offense mark at NU, and ranks among the Big Ten's best in numerous categories ... Finished his career with 32 Wildcat records, most notably career passing yards, total offense, completions and passing TD's ... Ranked second on the Big Ten career charts for pass completions (913), pass attempts (1,584), passing yards (10,580) and total offense (11,576) ... Ranks 13th on the NCAA's all-time total offense list and 28th on the all-time passing yardage list ... Northwestern's winningest quarterback (22 career wins, 22-24) ... Started 46 career games at NU, the last 40 in succession ... Came up 4 rushing yards shy of becoming the first quarterback in NCAA Division I-A history to finish his career with 10,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards ... Blossomed as a redshirt freshman, earning multiple freshmen All-America honors ... Broke his leg (fractured fibula) during his freshman season, but came back to play toward season's end ... Suffered a dislocated shoulder against Minnesota in 2004, but did not miss a start ... Possessed great field vision ... Solid runner in NU's offense ... Tremendous student of the game who paid a great deal of attention to decision-making and play reads.

    2005: Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year (media) ... Consensus first-team All-Big Ten honoree (media and coaches) ... Tabbed SI.com's National Player of the Year ... One of 15 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and one of seven finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award ... One of 13 finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy (honors a player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement) ... 2005 Team MVP ... NU's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient ... Team co-captain ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Northwestern's National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete semifinalist ... Guided the most prolific passing and offensive attack in NU history in 2005 ... Northwestern became just the second team in Big Ten history to finish with more than 500 yards of offense per game (Penn State was the first to do it in 1994) ... Shattered his own single-season passing mark against Iowa in season's ninth game (finished with 3,622) ... Ranked third nationally in total offense, fourth in passing yards and fourth in completions ... Closed career with an NU-record 26 200-yard-plus passing games ... In his college finale vs. UCLA in the Sun Bowl, established bowl and NU bowl records with 448 yards of total offense ... Threw for 416 yards (NU bowl record), the second highest figure in Sun Bowl history ... Completed 38-of-70 passes for 2 TD's ... His 416 yards were sixth-most in a single NU game and third-best of his career ... Became just the third player in Big Ten history and the 36th player in NCAA history to reach the 10,000-yard mark for career passing yards (accomplished vs. Illinois, Nov. 19, 2005) ... Versus Michigan (Oct. 29, 2005), became the 40th player in NCAA history to top the 10,000-yard mark for career total offense ... Became NU's winningest quarterback (20th career win) at Michigan State and passed Steve Schnur who had 19 (1993-96) ... Closed the regular season by besting his 80.0 percent school-record completion percentage (vs. Michigan State) with a 25-of-31 effort (80.6 percent) for 240 yards and 2 TD's at Illinois ... Also added a career-best 85 rushing yards and 2 TD's for 325 yards of total offense ... Notched his fifth-straight 300-yard passing game against Iowa, completing 31-of-51 passes for 338 yards and 2 TD's ... Added 55 rushing yards for 393 yards of total offense, the 10th-best day in NU history ... Led NU on two touchdown drives in the final minutes to help NU overcome a 27-14 deficit and defeat Iowa 28-27 and remain in the Big Ten race ... Tossed a 9-yard pass on a post pattern to freshman Ross Lane with 42 ticks left to put NU in front ... Set a then-NU single-game record by completing 80.0 percent of his passes against Michigan State -- 24-of-30 for 331 yards, 2 TD's and 2 rushing TD's ... Ranked fourth nationally among quarterbacks in cbssportsline.com QB ranking -- a ranking that is computed on player statistics and strength of schedule ... Became NU's all-time leader in passing yardage, total offense and pass completions with his 21-of-32 performance (220 passing yards) and 55 rushing yards vs. Northern Illinois ... Turned in one of his top career performances against Wisconsin when he earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors: 26-of-36 for 361 yards, three TD's and a career-best 69 rushing yards and a rushing TD ... His 430 yards of total offense was the fifth-best single-game effort in NU history ... Followed up that effort with the second-best passing day in NU history vs. Purdue: 37-of-55 for 463 yards, 3 TD's, 43 rushing yards and 1 rushing TD ... His 506 yards of total offense was the third-best in NU single-game history and the eighth-best in Big Ten history ... Earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors for a second straight time and the fourth of his career ... Also earned College Football News Player of the Week honors for his Purdue performance ... Has nine 300-yard passing games at NU ... Now holds NU's record for consecutive 200-yard passing games with 10 (final game of 2004 vs. Hawaii to the Nov. 5 Iowa game) ... Completed 20-of-38 passes for 229 yards against Penn State ... His final pass attempt vs. PSU was intercepted -- his first interception of 2005 (144th season attempt) ... Hit 24-of-37 passes for 224 yards and a pair of TD's vs. Arizona State ... Notched a 300-yard plus passing game in season-opening win vs. Ohio when he went 27-of-37 for 353 yards and a pair of TD's ... Totaled his fourth straight 300-yard game (326 yards) against Michigan ... Completed 26-of-49 passes for two TD's and two interceptions vs. the Wolverines ... Held to a season-low 121 passing yards (15-of-31 for 1 TD and 1 INT) at Ohio State.

    2004: Consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten honoree ... NU's Ballantine Award (leadership) recipient ... In final NCAA statistics, ranked 22nd in total offense (258.0 ypg), 15th in completions per game (20.6) and 24th in passing yards per game (236.5 ypg) ... Ranked 28th nationally among quarterbacks in cbssportsline.com QB ranking -- a ranking that is computed on player statistics and strength of schedule ... Finished 2004 with NU single-season bests in passing yardage (2,838) and completions (247) ... Began the year with a career performance: 39-of-62 passing for a school-record 513 yards (495 yards through four quarters) and a career-best four TD's ... The 513 yards was the third-best effort in I-A football in 2004 ... Also totaled a school-record 548 yards in total offense (35 rushing yards) ... His passing performance (based on yards) was the the sixth-best in Big Ten history and the 548 total offensive yards, the second-best in the Big Ten record books ... Also equaled a school mark by throwing three TD's in a half ... Named the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Week and the collegefootballnews.com Big Ten Player of the Week for his performance against TCU ... Went 21-of-38 for 228 yards vs. Arizona State ... Also had 30 rushing yards, including a 13-yard TD scamper vs. the Sun Devils ... Had a NU- and career-long 34-yard run vs. ASU ... Completed 20-of-33 passes with 1 TD against Kansas ... Also scored a TD on a 2-yard run ... Completed 13-of-26 passes for 121 yards and an interception against Minnesota ... After scoring an early third quarter TD on a 15-yard scamper, was knocked out of the game for a couple series with a sprained shoulder ... With the ailing shoulder, started against Ohio State and threw for 278 yards (24-of-44), two touchdowns and two interceptions ... Also had a career-best 53 rushing yards, including a key 21-yard scamper in overtime, which set up NU's game-winning TD ... Completed 28-of-48 for 254 yards and a TD vs. Indiana ... His 12-yard pass play to Mark Philmore on a 4th-and-6 in the first overtime period vs. Indiana was named one of the four ESPN Pontiac Game Changing Performance plays for the week of Oct. 11 ... Following a sub-par first half, finished 16-of-37 for 185 yards and a TD vs. Wisconsin ... Although he was held to 148 passing yards and 172 yards of total offense by Purdue, he directed "The Drive" -- an 8-play, 84-yard drive that resulted in Noah Herron's 3-yard game-winning TD run with 38 seconds left ... The winning drive started with 1:50 remaining in the fourth quarter ... Notched a 205-yard passing performance against Penn State while directing the school's first win in Happy Valley ... Completed 15-of-27 passes against the Nittany Lions ... Went 23-of-43 for 211 yards and one TD at Michigan ... That was his sixth 200-yard effort of the year and the 14th of his career ... Completed 18-of-31 passes for 184 yards and the game-winning TD in overtime (7-yard pass) vs. Illinois ... Totaled 379 yards of total offense at Hawaii (319 passing) and earned his second Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor for that performance ... Had a season-high 60 rushing yards (eight attempts) vs. the Warriors.

    2003: Started all 13 games ... Became just the fourth different quarterback in NU history to lead his team to a bowl game ... Ranked ninth in Big Ten passing yardage (147.4 ypg) and eighth in completions (12.5) ... Had a string of 82 consecutive passes without an interception come to an end late in the first quarter vs. Minnesota ... In a rainy season debut vs. Kansas, went 23-of-36 for 219 yards and one interception ... Was 19-of-32 for 196 yards and two interceptions vs. the Gophers ... Early in the fourth quarter vs. Air Force, was 15-of-24 for 234 yards with a TD and an interception before finishing the game with 14 incomplete passes (which included three interceptions) ... Completed 12-of-20 passes for 126 yards vs. Miami ... 15-of-23 for 177 yards at Duke ... 10-of-24 for 64 yards at Ohio State ... Completed 13-of-20 passes for 191 yards, a TD (a career-long 77-yard scoring pass) vs. Indiana ... Also had 32 rushing yards vs. the Hoosiers for 223 yards of total offense ... Totaled 205 total offensive yards (176 passing, 29 rushing) in win over nationally ranked Wisconsin ... Completed 10-of-23 passes for 176 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions vs. the Badgers ... Went 12-of-20 for 142 yards at Purdue ... Led NU to its first win over Penn State since 1995 by completing 13-of-21 passes for 188 yards, a touchdown and interception ... Also had 44 rushing yards (five yards shy of his single-game career best) for 232 yards of total offense vs. the Nittany Lions ... Completed 10-of-21 passes for 121 yards vs. Michigan ... Also was the team's leading rusher (35 yards) vs. the Wolverines ... Totaled 99 yards total offense (41 rushing yards, including a 21-yard scamper, and 58 passing yards) vs. Bowling Green in the Motor City Bowl.

    2002: Started nine of the 10 games he played in ... Named to Sporting News Freshman All-America (second team) and Sporting News Big Ten All-Freshmen (first team) teams ... College Football News honorable mention Freshmen All-America ... NGN Offensive Newcomer of the Year ... Closed his rookie season with the sixth-best passing day in NU history: 368 yards on 31-of-49 passing vs. Illinois ... The 31 completions were the most in a game since 1993 and equaled the third-highest single-game total in school history ... Missed the Penn State and Purdue games after fracturing his left fibula (lower leg) on his final play (two-point conversion) at Minnesota ... Returned to the lineup vs. Indiana and completed 18-of-29 passes for 256 yards and a TD ... Was not sacked once, but did suffer two early fourth-quarter fumbles ... Went 19-of-29 for 166 yards, a TD and an interception at Iowa ... Prior to the injury, had started every game except the opener at Air Force ... Finished season with 2,204 passing yards, the sixth-best yearly total in NU history ... Ranked first nationally among all freshmen quarterbacks in passing yardage (220.4) and second nationally in total offense (230.0 ypg) ... Ranked second in Big Ten total offense and completions per game, and ranked third in passing yardage ... Came off the bench against Air Force and completed 14-of-26 for 158 yards ... In his first collegiate start vs. TCU, went 6-of-17 for 74 yards and one touchdown, a 13-yard pass to Kunle Patrick ... Went 21-of-34 for 245 yards and two interceptions vs. Duke ... Rushed for 30 yards and two scores against Duke ... Completed 20-of-26 passes (.769) for 260 yards and one TD at Navy ... His single-game completion percentage would be a school mark, but 30 attempts is the record minimum ... Completed 15-of-36 passes for 178 yards and one TD at Michigan State ... Also rushed for a career-best 31 yards against the Spartans ... One of his runs went for 27 yards ... After starting 2-of-9, finished 24-of-45 for a career-best 283 yards vs. Ohio State ... Went 21-of-35 for 216 yards and a TD at Minnesota ... Also had 25 rushing yards, a TD and scored on a two-point conversion run vs. the Gophers ... Threw two interceptions during a stretch of 220 consecutive pass attempts (from Navy to Illinois).

    2001: Redshirted ... Named scout of the week once.

    High School: USA Today Illinois Player of the Year ... Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report All-American ... Ranked the 67th-best player and the 10th-best quarterback in the country by Tom Lemming ... SuperPrep All-Region ... PrepStar All-Region ... Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year and all-state ... Chicago Tribune first team all-state ... Daily Herald first team all-area ... Champaign News-Gazette first team all-state ... High School Heisman finalist ... Participated in the National East-West High School All-Star Football Game ... Was the state's only representative ... Selected to play in the Down Under Bowl in Australia ... Team captain and MVP ... Threw for 2,876 yards and 39 touchdowns his senior season ... Threw for 5,153 yards and 69 TDs in his final two years of high school ... Broke all school passing and scoring records ... Led team to second round of playoffs, second time ever ... High honor roll all four years of high school ... High school coach was Kevin Kelly.

    Personal: Born Brett Stephen Basanez on 5/11/83 ... Son of Marc and Ann Basanez ... Chose NU over Illinois, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Penn State and Miami (Fla.) ... Graduated in August with a degree in communication studies and a minor in business institutions ... Begins work on his master of arts degree in communication studies in September.

    The Basanez File
    Q: If you could have the starring role in any movie ever made, what movie would you pick?
    A: Any Given Sunday
    Q: Best television show ever made?
    A: SportsCenter
    Q: Favorite pregame ritual?
    A: Prayer

    BASANEZ SCHOOL RECORDS (As of January, 2006)
    Career--

    Total Offense (11,576)
    Total Plays (1,975)
    Passing Attempts (1,584)
    Passing Completions (913)
    Passing Yards (10,580)
    Passing Touchdowns (44) (ties record)
    Wins (22)
    Games Passing for 200 Yards (26)
    Games Passing for 300 Yards (10)
    Games Passing for 400 Yards (3)
    Consecutive Games Passing for 200 Yards (10)
    Consecutive Games Passing for 300 Yards (5)

    Single Season--
    Total Offense (4,045) 2005
    Total Plays (610) 2005
    Passing Attempts (497) 2005
    Passing Completions (314) 2005
    Passing Yards (3,622) 2005
    Passing Touchdowns (21)
    Passing Yards Gained in Two Consecutive Games (824) 2005
    Passing Yards Gained in Three Consecutive Games (1,155) 2005
    Passing Yards Gained in Four Consecutive Games (1,481) 2005
    Passing Yards Gained in Five Consecutive Games (1,819) 2005
    Games Passing for 200 Yards (11) 2005
    Games Passing for 300 Yards (7) 2005
    Consecutive Games Passing for 200 Yards (9) 2005
    Consecutive Games Passing for 300 Yards (5) 2005
    Passing Efficiency Rating (135.1) 2005
    Passing Completion Percentage (.632) 2005

    Single Game--
    Total Offense (548) vs. TCU, 2004
    Passing Yards (513) vs. TCU, 2004
    Passing TD's in a Half (3) vs. TCU, 2004 (ties record
    Passing Completion Percentage (.806, 25-of-31) vs. Illinois, 2005

    Basanez's Career Statistics
    RUSHING
            G	Att	Yds	TD	Lg	Avg/C	Avg/G
    2002	10	67	96	4	27	1.4	9.6
    2003	13	128	219	2	29	1.7	16.8
    2004	12	83	258	5	34	3.1	21.5
    2005	12	113	423	7	21	3.7	35.2
    TOTAL	47	391	996	18	34	2.5	21.2
    

    PASSING G Att Cmp Int Yds TD Lg Pct Avg/P Avg/G Effic 2002 10 325 190 7 2204 7 38 58.5 6.8 220.4 118.2 2003 13 302 162 12 1916 4 77 53.6 6.3 147.4 103.4 2004 12 460 247 9 2838 12 69 53.7 6.2 236.5 110.2 2005 12 497 314 8 3622 21 67 63.2 7.3 301.8 135.1 TOTAL 47 1584 913 36 10580 44 77 57.6 6.7 225.1 118.4

    TOTAL OFFENSE G Rush Pass Total Avg/G 2002 10 96 2204 2300 230.0 2003 13 219 1916 2135 164.2 2004 12 258 2838 3096 258.0 2005 12 423 3622 4045 337.1 TOTAL 47 996 10580 11576 246.3

    ALL PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G 2002 10 96 0 0 0 0 96 9.6 2003 13 219 0 0 0 0 219 16.8 2004 12 258 0 0 0 0 258 21.5 2005 12 423 0 0 0 0 423 35. TOTAL 47 996 0 0 0 0 996 21.2

    SCORING G TD Rush Pass Retn PAT 2PAT FG Total Avg/G 2002 10 4 4 0 0 0 1 0 26 2.6 2003 13 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 0.9 2004 12 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 30 2.5 2005 12 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 42 3.5 TOTAL 47 18 18 0 0 0 1 0 110 2.3