Drafted: Pick 27 of the 6th round by N.Y. Jets
Positives: Has a well-developed, yet compact frame...Shows quick feet in his drop and set, getting good depth...Can put decent zip behind his release...Has above average arm strength and can make the long throws...More accurate on the underneath tosses with average accuracy on his deep ball...Shows good touch on fade routes, screens and short throws...Gets good movement in the pocket and can find the rush lane when forced to scramble (school's all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks)...Will sit in the pocket and steps up to make his throws, showing good toughness under pressure.
Negatives: More of an option-style quarterback who seems to lack the passing skills for the next level...Does not have ideal arm strength and shows only marginal timing and accuracy on his deep tosses...Has very poor mechanics, dropping his elbow in his release, throwing more with a sidearm motion...Sometimes misses reads and throws to areas where his receivers are not occupying...Too hot and cold can get rattled under pressure, at times and then keep his cool to move the team downfield...Moves too soon and looks to run at the first sign of pressure and needs to stand taller in the pocket rather than looking to run...Concussion and a couple of liver injuries are a concern...His deep ball seems to float...Prone to taking sacks, as he tends to wait too long for the route to develop rather than look for his secondary targets.
The unquestioned leader of the Badgers' offense since his freshman year...Holds the school career-record for quarterbacks with 518 carries for 1767 yards (3.4 avg) and 26 touchdoiwns... The team captain boasted a 30-12 record as a starter, becoming one of seven Big Ten Conference quarterbacks to ever win 30 games in a career...Ranks second in Badger annals with 414 completions of 771 passes (53.7%) for 5627 yards and 38 touchdowns...One of seven players in Big Ten history to throw for over 30 touchdowns and rush for over 20 scores in a career...A superb athlete, he was also drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball organization in 2000, despite not playing the sport since American Legion ball.
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and Davey O'Brien Award Watch list choice...Started every game, except vs. Illinois...Completed 131 of 245 passes (53.5%) for 1758 yards, 14 touchdowns and only four interceptions...Carried 160 times for 466 yards (2.9 avg) and eight scores.
Fresno State...Gained 160 yards on 11 of 25 tosses in the season opener.
Nevada-Las Vegas...Hit on 12 of 24 tries for 157 yards and a pair of scores, including a 37-yarder to Jonathan Orr.
West Virginia...Completed 14 of 20 passes for 218 yards with touchdowns of 19 & 43 yards to Orr.
Northern Illinois...Ran for 1 & 2-yard scores and gained 207 yards on 15 of 23 passes.
Arizona...Followed with a 1-yard touchdown plunge and a 19-yard scoring strike to Orr.
Penn State...Picked up 217 yards on 15 of 25 chances with a 28-yard score to Orr and ran for a 5-yard touchdown.
Ohio State...Completed all three pass attempts for 21 yards before leaving the game in the second quarter with a concussion.
Michigan State...Came back the following week to connect on 10 of 18 throws for 135 yards and a pair of touchdowns, adding another score on a 1-yard run as he gained 58 yards on 8 carries, to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors.
Iowa...Hit on 2 of 9 passes for 46 yards before being sidelined by another concussion.
Illinois...Did not play (concussion).
Michigan...Returned to gain 60 yards on 7 of 20 throws and 39 yards on 16 runs.
Minnesota...Completed 6 of 12 passes for 134 yards and a score while also carrying the ball 18 times for 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Colorado (Alamo Bowl)...Finished his career with 20 carries for 82 yards and a 1-yard score...Hit on 12 of 24 passes for 163 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Started nine games, completing 91 of 177 passes (51.4%) for 1257 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions...Rushed 92 times for 388 yards (4.2 avg) and six scores during an injury-plagued junior campaign.
Virginia...Suffered a pulled right groin in the season opener, leaving the game after hitting on 5 of 13 tosses for 41 yards.
Oregon and Fresno State...Did not play (groin and also was suffering from a liver contusion).
Penn State...Returned to gain 61 yards on 7 of 12 passes and run for a 3-yard score.
Indiana...Amassed 222 yards on 15 of 24 throws with 2 touchdowns.
Ohio State...Completed 12 of 22 passes for 202 yards and a 46-yard game-winning touchdown to Nick Davis in a 20-17 decision.
Illinois...Left the game with a liver contusion.
Michigan State...Did not play (liver).
Iowa...Came back to connect on 14 of 21 passes for 262 yards and a score...Also ran for a 2-yard touchdown.
Minnesota...Closed out the season by hitting on 17 of 37 throws for 238 yards and running for a 4-yard score.
Started twelve games, gaining 1479 yards with ten touchdowns on 110 of 209 passes (52.6%)... Ran for 459 yards and six scores on 157 carries (2.9 avg).
Oregon...Scored the game-winning touchdown on a fourth quarter 1-yard plunge in a 27-23 decision.
Cincinnati...Added 1 & 8-yard touchdown runs in a 28-25 overtime victory.
Northwestern...Threw for 153 yards and 3 touchdowns on 15 of 24 chances and gained 58 yards on 9 carries.
Ohio State...Completed 19 of 34 throws for 209 yards.
Michigan State...Ran for a 1-yard touchdown, but missed the final three quarters after suffering a concussion.
Purdue...Did not play (concussion).
Iowa...Gained 292 yards on 18 of 26 passes.
Minnesota...Ran for a 1-yard score and threw a 46-yard touchdown to Nick Davis as he totaled 127 yards on 13 carries and 204 yards on 12 of 21 tosses.
Indiana...Missed most of the game with a knee sprain.
UCLA (Sun Bowl)...Completed 9 of 17 passes for 116 yards, including a pair of touchdowns and rushed 16 times for 55 yards.
Became the third Badger to ever earn Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year honors, joining Tony Lowery in 1987 and Ron Dayne in 1996...Second-team Freshman All-American pick (behind Virginia Tech's Michael Vick) by The Sporting News...Started eight games, winning each contest as he completed 82 of 140 passes (58.6%) for 1133 yards, eight touchdowns and only two interceptions...Carried 109 times for 454 yards (4.2 avg) and six scores.
Redshirted as a freshman.
Suffered a concussion in the first quarter of the 2000 Michigan State game, missing the Purdue contest...Missed most of the 2000 Indiana game with a knee sprain...Sat out the Oregon and Fresno State games in 2001 with a right groin pull and a liver contusion...Left the Illinois game in 2001 after re-injuring his liver and was forced to sit out vs. Michigan State...Left the 2002 Ohio State game in the first quarter with a concussion...Again suffered a concussion in the 2002 Iowa clash, sitting out vs. Illinois.
Campus Agility Tests
4.76 in the 40-yard dash...270-pound bench press...430-pound squat...300-pound power clean... 32.5-inch vertical jump...31 1/2-inch arm length...9 3/8-inch hands...Right-handed...23/37 Wonderlic score.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
31 1/8 9 3/8 28 4.87 2.81 1.64 31 9'5" 4.26 7.31
Attended Central (Grand Forks, N.D.) High...Gatorade's state player of the year as a senior, adding first-team All-State (twice) and All-City (four times) honors...Completed 308 of 571 passes for 4209 yards in his career...Accounted for 59 career touchdowns (40 passing, 19 rushing)...Threw for 1375 yards and accounted for 23 scores as a senior...Passed for 1759 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior when the team was state runner-up...Started every game at QB beginning in ninth grade...Started at quarterback, point guard and shortstop as a prep...Team made the state title games in football, basketball and baseball during his career...Honor Roll student...Coached by Mike Berg.
Sociology major...Son of Rob and Lisa Bollinger...Father is the former offensive coordinator at North Dakota University...Born 11/15/79...Resides in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
YEAR ATT COMP PCT YARDS TD YD/ATT YD/CMP INT I/PCT LG GM/AVG