3 Phil Horvath
Career: National passer rated in eight NCAA Division 1-A statistical categories (2005). Top 10 NCAA Sampler: Ranked No. 1 in single-season completion percentage (.706), No. 6 in 1-A single-season passing efficiency (159.45 rating), No. 6 in single-game completions (39 vs. Akron-1), No. 8 single-game passing yardage (486 yards vs. Akron-1), and No. 9 in single-game passing efficiency (261.84 rating vs. Tennessee Tech). Rates as No. 2 returning passer (222.3 yards-per-game average in 2005) in Mid-Am. Rewrote several long-thought untouchable Northern Illinois passing records set by Little All-America and College Football Hall of Fame QB George Bork (1960-63). Rewrote school (1) single-game passing yardage standard (486 vs. Akron-1), (2) single-game total offense yardage mark (477 vs. Akron-1), (3) single-season completion percentage, and (4) consecutive completions (13 vs. Akron-1). Joined elite Huskie QB club of only five 2,000-yard passers---Bork (2,506 yards in 1962, 3,077 in 1963), Ron Christian (2,101 in 1965), Chris Finlen (2,036 in 2001), Josh Haldi (2,027 in 2002, 2,544 in 2003), and Horvath (2,001 in 2005).
Joe Novak: "Phil was throwing 73 percent and we were throwing it downfield. Most people who are throwing 73 percent are throwing dump-offs or screens. Phil really had a good year. He's a cerebral, highly intelligent quarterback. He's a good decision-maker, knows our schemes as well as anybody on the team, and is a very, very accurate passer."
2006 Preseason: Second-Team All-MAC selection by Lindy's preseason college football publication and tabbed as the league's "Most Accurate Passer". Ranked as nation's No. 23 quarterback by CollegeFootballNews.com. Completed six-of-11 attempts for 58 yards during spring game (4-22-05).
2005: Quarterbacked nation's No. 16 total offense (444.1 ypg.) and No. 27 scoring offense (32.4 ppg.). Started first nine games prior to suffering broken left arm in 1st period vs. Central Michigan (11-5-05). Finished No. 1 in MAC passing efficiency, No. 6 in league passing, and No. 7 in loop total offense (224.7 ypg.). Named MAC West Offensive Player of the Week vs. Akron (9-24-05). Rallied Northern Illinois from 21-point deficit with 0:45 left in third quarter into OT and hit 39-of-52 passes for 486 yards and six TDs vs. UA (20-of-27 for 240 yards and three TDs in fourth period and OT) vs. Zips. Completed 17-of-25 passes for 200 yards. vs. No. 4-rated Michigan (9-3-05). Went 24-of-36 for 283 yards and one TD (5-of-7 passing for 69 yards and TD in two-minute drill in last 2:09) vs. Northwestern (9-10-05). Threw 19-of-22 (.864 percentage) for 296 yards and one TD vs. Miami (OH) (10-5-05). Passed for four TDs and 218 yards on 11-of-17 vs. Tennessee Tech (9-17-05). Honored in NIU Academic Excellence Program.
2004: Won first letter with three starts and 346 snaps (300 in first four games) in seven games. Made 1-A debut on second series--subbing for injured Josh Haldi--and completed 19-of-36 passes for 219 yards and one TD (four yards) in 74 snaps vs. No. 22 (AP) Maryland (9-4-04). Hit 11-of-22 aerials for 148 yards and one TD (40 yards) in first start vs. Southern Illinois (9-11-04). Threw for career-high 285 yards, four TDs (12, 16, 9, 42 yards), and four interceptions on 20-of-34 passes in second start vs. Independence Bowl-bound Iowa State (9-18-04). Generated 483 yards team total offense, completed 16-of-23 passes for 191 yards, and rushed for 32 yards on six carries vs. BGSU (9-24-04). Hit 66-of-114 passes (.579 pct.) for 843 yards, six TDs and six "picks" in four games as "regular" QB.
2003: Made travel roster five times. Began year year as No. 3 QB.
2002: Red-shirted as true frosh. Opened career as No. 5 QB.
Prep: Recruited by several Big Ten programs. Posted 21-2 record as varsity QB (2000-01). Set school single-season (2,438 in 2001) and career (3,859 in 2000-01) passing yardage records. Completed 290-of-505 passes (.574 pct.) for 3,859 yards, 35 TDs, and nine interceptions. Named team captain and MVP, First-Team All-DuPage Valley Conference, First-Team Daily Herald DuPage All-Area and honorary team captain, Honorable Mention Chicago Sun-Times All-Area, Area Top 100 Prospects, and No. 8 Area Prospect, Second-Team Chicago Tribune All-State, and First-Team IHSFCA Class 8A All-State on 13-1 league champ and state playoff runner-up for coach Joe Bunge as a senior. Converted 126-of-209 passes (.603 pct.) for 2,438 yards, 25 TDs, six interceptions, and 67-yard long-gainer (2001). Threw for 310 yards and two TDs on 16-of-25 passes in 34-31 Class 8A state title game loss vs. Downers Grove South (11-24-01). Made Honorable Mention Daily Herald All-Area with 89-of-150 passes (.593 pct.) for 1,421 yards, 10 TDs, and three "picks" on 11-1 state Class 6A playoff quarterfinalist (2000). Averaged 36.0 yards per punt as a senior. All-State Academic and High Honor Roll student.
Chart: Posted 29 1/2-inch vertical jump, 240-pound power clean, 300-pound bench press, and 320-pound back squat in off-season conditioning program (2006).
Birthdate (Age): 10-4-83 (23).