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Jon Beutjer

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 213 | College: Illinois
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Positives … Has a tall body frame with room for additional growth … Has muscular thighs and calves … Runs well and has enough of a burst to elude taking the ball up the middle … Shows an adequate pass set in his 3.5 and seven-step drops … Has a decent short touch and is effective working in the intermediate region … Does a good job of looking off his primary target to find his secondary receivers … Has the arm strength to throw on the run.

Negatives … Lacks the decision-making process and field awareness you look for in a quarterback and is much more comfortable having the plays called for him … Has a very slow delivery and telegraphs his throws … Poor decision maker who loses his cool under pressure … Has poor long ball accuracy and lacks a feel for when the pocket is collapsing … Looks very mechanical in his progression and his timing in very erratic … His durability is a concern, as he's had a rash of injuries throughout his career … Late in anticipating when his receivers get open … Lacks command in the huddle.

2004 Season

Threw for 1,597 yards and ten touchdowns with nine interceptions on 162 of 257 passes (63.0%) … Averaged 228.1 yards passing per game … Started the first seven games before a back injury forced him to miss the remainder of the season.


Was 16-of-23 for 207 yards and four TDs vs. Illinois State … Had a career day vs. California, setting career highs in completions (35), attempts (57), yards (430) and long pass (72); also had three TD passes … His 430 yards marked the highest total in Memorial Stadium history and ranks as the fourth highest single-game passing total in school history … Completed 31 of 44 passes (70 percent) for 284 yards and one touchdown in season opener vs. Missouri.

2003 Season

Led the Big Ten Conference in passing yardage with 228.3 yards per game and was third in the conference in total offense with 228.9 yards per contest … His 21 touchdowns were second in the Big Ten only to Heisman Trophy finalist Brad Banks of Iowa (26) … Made seven starts and saw action in four other games … Completed 193 of 327 passes for 2511 yards and eleven interceptions … Scored twice on 44 carries.


Threw four touchdown passes in his starting debut vs. Arkansas State and followed that up the next week with four TDs against San Jose State … That was just the second time in school history that a quarterback has had back-to-back games with four touchdown passes … Also had four TD passes in a 37-20 win at Wisconsin, Illinois' first win in Madison since 1992 … Had four 300-yard passing days and his 426 yards passing vs. San Jose State was the fourth-highest single-game passing total in school history … Nearly led Illinois to a win over No. 2-ranked and eventual national champion Ohio State with a 306-yard passing performance and one TD … Entered the game in the third quarter against Penn State and threw for 157 yards on 19-of-28 passing and one touchdown … Saw back-up action vs. Indiana … Connected on 28-of-38 passes for 426 yards against San Jose State, a Memorial Stadium record … Also tossed four touchdown passes against San Jose State … That performance merited a passing efficiency rating of 195.00, the 10th best passing efficiency day in Illinois history … Was 18-of-22 (82 percent) for 277 yards and four touchdowns against Arkansas State, earning him a passing efficiency rating of 250.17 which is the third-best in school history … Entered the Missouri game at the start of the fourth quarter and began the second half of the USM contest.

2002 Season

Sat out the 2001 season after transferring from the University of Iowa.

2001 Season

Saw action in four games at Iowa.

2000 Season

Redshirted in his first season at Iowa.

Injury Report

2000: Suffered a concussion in a fight in October … Three weeks later (10/21), he missed the Wisconsin and Penn State games due left high ankle sprain and tibia/fibula sprain.

2001: Bothered in October with a left high ankle sprain.

2002: Suffered a stress fracture in his lower left leg in March.

2003: Suffered a lower back disc herniation vs. California (9/20) … Missed the final five games after undergoing back surgery (10/31).

2004: Missed the second half vs. UCLA and the Western Michigan game with a rib contusion.

Off-Field Issues

Left the University of Iowa after he suffered a concussion as a result of a fight in October 2000.


Earned bachelor's degree in speech communication in December 2003 and is currently working on a master's degree in educational policy studies … Earned academic All-Conference and All-State honors … Attended same high school as legendary Illini Red Grange … son of Nancy and Jim Beutjer … Born Aug. 15, 1980 … Resides in Wheaton, Illinois.

High School

CAMPUS: 4.55 in the 40-yard dash … 4.1 20-yard shuttle … 6.6 three-cone drill … 40-inch vertical jump … 10'3" broad jump … 310-pound bench press … Bench pressed 225 pounds 10 times … 360-pound squat … 275-pound incline … 260-pound power clean … 33 1/8-inch arm length … 10 1/8-inch hands … Right-handed … 11/18 Wonderlic score.


Attended Wheaton-Warrenville (Ill.) South High School, playing football for coach John Thorne … Illinois Player of the Year by USA Today, Gatorade and Champaign News-Gazette … First-team All-State by News-Gazette, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald and Illinois High School Coaches Association … Was a preseason All-American by SuperPrep and CNN/Sports Illustrated … Featured in Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd in January, 1999 … Unanimous All-Conference selection … Set state high school record with 60 touchdown passes as a senior … Set national record of 60 TD passes in 14 games … Set state championship game records for TD passes (6), yards passing (493) and completions (29) … Set school and conference record for touchdown passes in a game (7), completions in a season (149) and career (232), and passing yards in a season (1,743) … Team offensive player of the year and MVP … Special mention All-Conference and All-State as a junior … Career totals include 316-of-504 passes for 5,492 yards with 79 TDs and 14 interceptions in 21 games … As a senior, led prep team to a perfect 14-0 record and Illinois Class 6A state title, and completed 218-of-334 attempts for 3,939 yards, 60 TDs and only seven interceptions … Prep team ranked 15th nationally by USA Today … Also competed in basketball and track and field.

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