Dan Persa

Dan Persa

Team co-captain … NU’s starting quarterback … Selected to play in 2012 East-West Shrine Game in Orlando, Fla. … Closed illustrious career as Division I’s (FBS and FCS divisions) career leader for pass completion percentage with a 72.7 (460-of-633) percentage … Previous record (70.4) was held by Hawaii’s Colt Brennan … His career pass efficiency rating (155.04) ranks third all-time in the Big Ten record books (Troy Smith is first with a 158.4 rating) and third all-time among FBS players who completed 400 to 499 career passes … Named one of 10 finalists for Lowe’s Senior ClassAward and was ultimately named a second-team Lowe’s Senior Class All-American … Consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten quarterback … Will be honored by Chicago’s National Football Foundation chapter with its “Mental Toughness” Award on Feb. 20, 2012 … Started his first game of 2011 season on Oct. 1 (vs. Illinois), his first action since suffering the Achilles’ injury against Iowa on Nov. 13, 2010 … Consensus preseason All-Big Ten quarterback … Named to watch lists for the Maxwell Award (outstanding player), Walter Camp Award (nation’s top player), Davey O’Brien Award (outstanding QB), Manning Award (outstanding QB), Pony Express Award (nation’s top two- or three-player tandems) … Academic All-America candidate … William V. Campbell Trophy nominee … Named one of 12 Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch … In 2011, led the nation in pass completion percentage (73.4) while ranking 13th nationally in pass efficiency (154.78), 23rd in completions (21.8) per game and 31st in passing yards per game (237.6) … Against Illinois, completed 10-of-14 passes for 123 yards and a career-high four touchdown passes … Completed his last eight pass attempts … Sat out the final three NU offensive series with soreness in his foot … Threw for 331 yards against Michigan … Equaled a career best with 32 completions (44 attempts) vs. the Wolverines … Completed 30-of-39 passes for 242 yards and a TD at Iowa … Went 26-of-34 for 294 yards and a TD vs. Penn State … Was 16-of-20 throwing for 261 yards and three touchdowns at Indiana … Also rushed for a season-high 41 yards and finished the game with 302 yards of total offense … Threw for a career-best 372 yards vs. Rice, which included a career-long 90-yard pass (a scoring strike to Jeremy Ebert) … Completed 25-of-32 passes and equaled a career high with four TD strikes … He suffered a career-most two interceptions against the Owls, yet his pass efficiency rating for the game was 202, an exceptional mark … Went 22-of-31 for 216 yards and a pair of touchdowns vs. Minnesota … Was 23-of-32 for 245 yards, two TD’s and no interceptions vs. Michigan State … Completed 71.4 percent of his passes or better in all but two games (season-high 80.0 percentage at Indiana) … Ranks sixth on NU’s all-time total offense list (5,897) … Finished with 34 career TD tosses, in 20 career starts at QB, which ranks fifth on NU’s all-time TD list … Also ranks seventh on NU’s career completion list (460) … Academic All-Big Ten honoree … More information on Persa at: PersaStrong.com.

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