The Scouting Report: Returned to action in 2003 after missing all but six plays of the 2002 season with an injured knee … His return, as both a talented player and team leader, was a significant boost to NU’s defense … Sat out most of the 2003 spring drills while recovering from off-season surgery … Closes career as NU's 12th all-time leading tackler.
2003: Team co-captain ... Preseason Butkus Award candidate ... His appearance in the Motor City Bowl represented a school-record 48th career game for him (26 career starts) ... Totaled 11 tackles (seven solos), including a sack, and a pass deflection vs. Bowling Green in the MCB ... Team’s second-leading tackler (138) ... Returned to starting lineup this season after missing all but six plays of 2002 campaign with an injured knee ... Had a career-most 22 tackles (nine solos) at Indiana ... Also grabbed his first interception since the 2000 season vs. the Hoosiers ... Totaled 15 tackles (six solos) at Ohio State ... Named the team’s defensive big playmaker vs. the Buckeyes and Hoosiers ... Registered seven tackles (five solos and one sack) and a key fumble recovery vs. Kansas ... Totaled 13 tackles (four solos) vs. Air Force ... Two tackles and a hurry vs. Miami ... Nine tackles, a sack and a forced fumble at Duke ... Nine tackles (five solos) vs. Minnesota ... Seven tackles (six solos) and a pass deflection vs. Wisconsin ... Seven tackles (five solos) and a hurry at Purdue ... Tabbed NU’s defensive player of the the game for his effort vs. Penn State: 14 tackles (five solos), which included two TFL, and a hurry ... 14 tackles (eight solos) and a fumble recovery vs. Michigan ... Closed the regular season with eight tackles, including a sack, at Illinois ... Entered the postseason with 300 career tackles—the 14th NU player with 300 or more tackles (one more tackle than All-America linebacker Pat Fitzgerald) ... Closes with 311 career hits, 12th on NU’s all-time list.
2002: Team co-captain ... Suffered a right knee injury on the sixth play of the season-opening game at Air Force ... Underwent arthroscopic surgery (for ACL tear) and missed remainder of season ... Received a medical hardship.
2001: With the move of Napoleon Harris to defensive end, Durr gained a starting outside linebacker spot ... Team’s third-leading tackler (103 tackles) ... Ranked 10th in the Big Ten in tackles ... Third on team with nine tackles-for-loss ... Registered a season-high 13 tackles each at Ohio State and vs. Minnesota ... Had one sack (12-yard loss) and another TFL vs. the Buckeyes ... 10 tackles (six solos) vs. Penn State ... Nine tackles (seven solos) at Purdue ... 11 tackles (eight solos) at Indiana with one TFL ... Eight tackles vs. Iowa ... Had nine TFL, including two sacks for the season ... Earned Defensive Championship performances three times.
2000: Played in all 12 games, starting one ... Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after his first career start vs. Illinois ... Tallied 11 tackles and an interception to set up a score vs. the Illini ... Despite back-up role, ended the season seventh on the team with 62 tackles, 33 solo ... Had six tackles for loss ... Registered a sack at Iowa ... Broke up one pass and forced two fumbles ... Named Defensive Big Playmaker twice.
1999: Played in all 11 games ... Recorded eight tackles ... Had one tackle for a loss.
High School: PrepStar All-Region ... SuperPrep All-Region ... Chicago Sun-Times third-team all-area ... Chicago Tribune third-team all-state ... Champaign News-Gazette all-state ... Named first-team all-area by the Aurora Beacon News, Daily Herald, Press Republican and Kane County Chronicle ... Gridiron Report second-team all-state ... Two-time all-conference selection ... Two-year team captain ... Team MVP his senior season ... Recorded 112 tackles (95 solo), 11 tackles for loss, four pass breakups, two interceptions and two forced fumbles his senior season ... Lettered eight times as a prep (3—football, 4—baseball, 1—basketball) ... First-team all-conference and all-area in baseball ... Honor roll all four years ... High school coach was Buck Drach.
Personal: Born Pat Michael Durr on 3/3/81 ... Son of Ed and Cathi Durr ... Communication studies major.
The Durr File
Q: What is something that people might not know about you?
A: That I had an older brother at one point in my life. He died of a rare leukemia when he was 14 and I was 12.
Q: What is the greatest lesson you have learned in your life?
A: One that sticks out came from Barry Gardner. When I was a junior on a recruiting visit he told me that the great ones always do a little extra when no one is looking.
Q: When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be....
A: I always pretended to be the great Bo Jackson. I played running back and earned the right to wear #34. I say earn because my coach had several requests for that number, and he told me I would get the number if I won every sprint after every preseason practice, and I did.
Durr's Career Statistics
Year GP ST AT TT TFL/YDS INT PBU FR FF SACK
1999 11 3 5 8 1/1 0/0 0 0 0 0/0
2000 12 33 29 62 6/19 1/37 1 0 2 1/9
2001 11 61 42 103 8/40 0/0 1 0 1 1.5/22
2002 1 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0/0
2003 13 73 65 138 5/14 1/24 3 2 1 4/11
TOTALS 48 170 141 311 20/74 2/61 5 2 4 6.5/42