Scott Tolzien

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Scott Tolzien
Scott Tolzien in 2012.jpg
Tolzien with the 49ers in 2012
No. 16     Green Bay Packers
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-09-04) September 4, 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth: Rolling Meadows, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Fremd (IL)
College: Wisconsin
Undrafted in 2011
Debuted in 2013 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • NFC champion (2012)
  • Second-Team All-Big Ten Coaches (2010)
  • Honorable mention All-Big Ten Media (2010)
  • 2010 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Winner
  • Big Ten All-Time second highest Passing Completion Percentage in a single season (72.9%) in 2010
  • Wisconsin All-Time leader in Passing Completion Percentage in a single season (72.9%) in 2010
  • Wisconsin All-Time leader in Completion Percentage in career (68.1)
  • Wisconsin All-Time leader in pass efficiency rating in career (153.2)
  • 2011 East–West Shrine Game
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
TD–INT1–5
Passing Yards717
Passer Rating66.8
Stats at NFL.com
 
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Scott Tolzien
Scott Tolzien in 2012.jpg
Tolzien with the 49ers in 2012
No. 16     Green Bay Packers
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-09-04) September 4, 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth: Rolling Meadows, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Fremd (IL)
College: Wisconsin
Undrafted in 2011
Debuted in 2013 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • NFC champion (2012)
  • Second-Team All-Big Ten Coaches (2010)
  • Honorable mention All-Big Ten Media (2010)
  • 2010 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Winner
  • Big Ten All-Time second highest Passing Completion Percentage in a single season (72.9%) in 2010
  • Wisconsin All-Time leader in Passing Completion Percentage in a single season (72.9%) in 2010
  • Wisconsin All-Time leader in Completion Percentage in career (68.1)
  • Wisconsin All-Time leader in pass efficiency rating in career (153.2)
  • 2011 East–West Shrine Game
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
TD–INT1–5
Passing Yards717
Passer Rating66.8
Stats at NFL.com

Scott Tolzien (born September 4, 1987) is a professional football player, a quarterback for the Green Bay Packers in the National Football League. He played college football at Wisconsin, where he was the starting quarterback for the 2010 team that was co-champion of the Big Ten Conference.

College career[edit]

Tolzien was a two-star recruit out of William Fremd High School, located in Palatine, Illinois, a suburb northwest of Chicago. He made official visits to the University of Kentucky and the University of Toledo, but he did not attract many offers from major universities. He chose to attend the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[1]

2006 season[edit]

As a true freshman in 2006, Tolzien was redshirted and did not play.

2007 season[edit]

Tolzien (center) listens to the offensive coordinator with fellow Wisconsin quarterback Dustin Sherer (#18) in 2007

Tolzien did not play in any games for Wisconsin in 2007, as Wisconsin had Tyler Donovan, Allan Evridge, and Dustin Sherer at quarterback.

2008 season[edit]

After Allan Evridge was benched following dismal performances against Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State, Tolzien saw his first major action for Wisconsin against Iowa in Kinnick Stadium. He completed 5 passes on 8 attempts, but threw an interception in the red zone. Dustin Sherer eventually took charge of the Badgers, who finished the season a disappointing 7-6.

2009 season[edit]

Tolzien huddles in 2009

The winner of a spring quarterback competition, Tolzien beat out starter Sherer in 2009. He set the Wisconsin record for completions in a single season, with 211, and passed for 2,705 yards. Under Tolzien's leadership, Wisconsin finished the season at 9-3. He threw a pair of interceptions that were returned for touchdowns in a loss at Ohio State and threw three interceptions against Iowa the following week. Despite this, Tolzien was at the top of his game in games against Michigan, Minnesota, and Michigan State, and was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts against Michigan State.

Tolzien finished the 2009 season in a 20-14 win over Miami in the Champs Sports Bowl, completing 19 passes on 26 attempts as the Badgers knocked off the higher-ranked Hurricanes.

2010 season[edit]

After a disappointing effort against Michigan State in which the Badger receiving corps dropped several passes, Tolzien improved week after week as the Badgers won their next 7 games, to finish the year 11-1. Against a top 5 Ohio State defense, Tolzien completed 13 of 16 passes. His efforts led the Badgers to an eventual upset of then top-ranked Ohio State. The next week against Iowa, Tolzien again had a solid game, completing 20 passes on 26 attempts for 205 yards and a touchdown. Most impressively, Tolzien led the Badgers down the field for the game-winning touchdown with Wisconsin's running game stifled by Iowa's defense. In his final home start, against the Northwestern Wildcats, Tolzien was nearly flawless, completing 15 passes on 19 attempts for 230 yards with four touchdown passes.

Tolzien made his final collegiate start at Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl against one of the top defenses in the nation, TCU. He finished the game with 12 completions out of 21 attempts for 159 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions and a rating of 120.7 for the game, but the Horned Frogs won, 21-19. Tolzein completed his college career at the East-West Shrine Game on January 22, 2011.[2]

Tolzien won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in 2010, edging out finalists Andy Dalton of TCU, Colin Kaepernick of Nevada, Christian Ponder of Florida State, and Ricky Stanzi of Iowa,[3][4] He smashed the Wisconsin record for completion percentage in a season in his remarkable 2010 season, completing 74.3% of his passes in 12 regular season games. Tolzien ranked 4th nationally in passer rating, and led the nation in completion percentage.

College stats[edit]

YearTeamAttemptsCompletionsCompletion %YardsTDsINT
2006Wisconsin
Redshirt
2007Wisconsin
Did not play
2008Wisconsin8563%10701
2009Wisconsin32821164%2,7051611
2010Wisconsin26619473%2,459166
College Totals60241068%5,2713218

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

Tolzien took part in the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Pre-draft measurables
HtWtArm lengthHand size40-yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20-ss3-coneVertBroadBP
6 ft 2 in212 lb30½ in10 in4.93 s4.12 s6.84 s29½ in9'8" ft  in
All values from NFL Combine[5]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

Tolzien was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent following the 2011 NFL Draft on July 26, 2011. He then appeared in three of the four preseason games. During that time, he completed 25 of 40 pass attempts for 302 total yards, one touchdown pass, and one interception, and had 4 rush attempts for 24 yards. He was subsequently released by the team on September 3, 2011, in final cuts.

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

The San Francisco 49ers claimed Tolzien off waivers on September 4, 2011, to be the team's third-string quarterback behind starter Alex Smith and backup Colin Kaepernick. He remained with San Francisco after the conclusion of the 2012 preseason, still slotted as the team's third-string quarterback. On August 26, 2013, Tolzien was waived by the 49ers.[6]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Tolzien was signed to the Green Bay Packers practice squad on September 1, 2013.[7] After Aaron Rodgers suffered a clavicle injury, the Packers brought him up from the practice squad to the active roster. On November 10, 2013, Tolzien entered a game after an early injury to Rodgers's backup Seneca Wallace.[8] In his regular season debut, Tolzien completed 24 passes in 39 attempts for 280 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in a 27-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, earning him the start in the Packers' next game against the New York Giants.[9] Against the Giants, Tolzien threw for over 300 yards, but also threw 3 interceptions in a 27-13 loss. After the game, head coach Mike McCarthy remarked that he had never seen anyone hit every shot he took down field. Tolzien was five for five on plays of 25 yards or longer. The next week against the Vikings, Tolzien performed an elusive spin move during a touchdown run before being relieved by quarterback Matt Flynn who lead the Packers to a tie against their rival.[10] [11]

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