The 2003 Scouting Report:Former walk-on ? Began his senior season as a backup outside linebacker behind Tim McGarigle ... Versatile player who made a number of positive contributions ? A great asset as a linebacker and special teams player.
2003: Academic All-Big Ten ? Started first two games at outside linebacker ... True senior ... Totaled three solo tackles at Kansas ... Had five tackles vs. Air Force ... One solo hit vs. Miami ... Did not play at Duke ... Two solo hits vs. Minnesota ... Saw limited action at Indiana and vs. Wisconsin ... One tackle at Purdue ... Two tackles vs. Michigan ... Solo tackle vs. Bowling Green in the Motor City Bowl ... Played extensively on special teams.
2002: Started six of 12 games ... Led team and ranked eighth in Big Ten in tackles per game (8.8) ... Registered a career-high 26 tackles?five shy of NU?s single-game record?at Navy ... Had 19 solo hits vs. the Midshipmen ... Appeared in 83 plays vs. the Mids ... Had a 21-game tackle performance (six solos), a forced fumble, a pass deflection and a QB hurry vs. Ohio State ... Versus Duke, totaled 15 tackles (eight solos), one fumble recovery and an interception ... Earned first start at outside (will) linebacker vs. TCU ... Totaled six tackles (three solos) against the Frogs ... Had two tackles in season debut vs. Air Force ... Seven tackles (three solos) at Michigan State ... Seven tackles at Minnesota ... Came off the bench and had eight tackles at PSU ... Three tackles and a fumble recovery vs. Purdue ... Five tackles vs. Indiana ... Two tackles at Iowa ... Four tackles vs. Illinois.
2001: Appeared in all 11 games, playing mostly on special teams ... Recorded his only tackle in game at Duke ... Scout team player of the week.
2000: Played in three games before breaking his leg against Minnesota ? Had six tackles in three games ? Named Special Teams Player of the Game twice.
High School: Central Suburban League North Defensive Player of the Year as a senior ? Pioneer Press all-region and Daily Herald all-area ? Chicago Sun-Times all-area honorable mention ? Played linebacker, fullback, tailback, flanker, split end, outside linebacker and place-kicker ? In his senior year, rushed for 510 yards, caught 17 passes for 290 yards, converted 13 of 18 extra points and was 1-for-1 on field goals ? Defensively, recorded 42 solo tackles and two sacks ? Also lettered in baseball and track ? Participated in the North-South Suburban All-Star game ? Illinois State Scholar ? Student council secretary ? Four-year honor roll member ? Named Class 5A Academic All-State by the Illinois Football Coaches Association ? High school coach was Ray Pettenuzzo.
Personal: Born Douglas Joseph Szymul on 12/28/81 ? Son of James and Diane Szymul ? Communication studies major.
The Szymul File
Q: One moment in history I wish I could have seen was...
A: Any orration given by Abraham Lincoln.
Q: What are you most thankful for in life?
A: Life itself and my parents.
Q: Best television show ever?
A: In Living Color.
Szymul's Career Statistics
Year GP ST AT TT TFL INT PBU FR FF SACK
2000 3 4 2 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0
2001 10 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0
2002 12 47 59 106 0-0 1-10 2 2 1 0-0
2003 12 10 6 16 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0-0
TOTALS 37 61 68 129 0-0 1-10 3 2 1 0-0