Former Villanova star saved the life of a young patient during midst of collegiate career
Szczur Professional Career (Updated 1/20/11): Came to an agreement with the Chicago Cub s to commit fully to baseball and forego seeking possible professional football opportunities ... Szczur will continue to play in the Cubs organization under a minor league contract.
Szczur as a Baseball Player: Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the fifth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft (160th overall pick) ... Top offensive performer on the baseball team in both of the seasons he has played ... Possesses outstanding speed and can hit for average and power to all fields ... Can hit leadoff or in the middle of the batting order.
Szczur as a Football Player: NFL Draft Candidate ... Multi-dimensional player with big play capabilities ... Plays the game with great passion ... Wide receiver by trade who can also be used as a running back, quarterback and kick returner in the same game.
Minor League Baseball Career: Played in a total of 25 games for three different teams in the Chicago Cubs organization after being drafted during the summer of 2010 ... Spent most of his time with the Boise Hawks of the Short Season Class A Northwest League ... Played in 18 games for Boise, six for the Class A Peoria Chiefs and one for the Rookie level AZL Cubs ... Batted safely in each of his first 21 games as a professional player, including his one game with the AZL Cubs, all 18 games in Boise and the first two games in Peoria ... Combined between all three teams hit .347 (35-101) with a .414 on-base percentage and a .465 slugging percentage ... Scored 24 runs, had 10 RBI and collected 10 doubles and one triple ... Went 2-for-2 on stolen base attempts ... Drew 10 walks and struck out 16 times.
Villanova Football Career: Played in 47 games ... Villanova was 37-10 (.787) during his career, including reaching the quarterfinals of the Division I Football Championship in 2008, winning the national title in 2009 and advancing to the semifinals in 2010 ... Career totals include 1,803 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns, 1,485 receiving yards and 11 scores, 1,690 kickoff return yards and two touchdowns, 206 passing yards (12-of-14) with five touchdowns and 180 points ... Had 5,234 career all-purpose yards ... Ends his career ranked 11th in school history in career rushing yards and 14th in career receiving yards ... Tied for fifth in school history in career touchdowns (30) and tied for 11th in most points (180).
Villanova Baseball Career: In just two seasons of baseball made a name for himself as one of the top Villanova hitters ever ... Ranks fifth all-time with a .392 (142-362) career batting average and is also tied for third with nine triples ... Averaged 1.6 hits per game over two seasons, playing in 87 games with 86 starts ... His 142 hits include 23 doubles, nine triples and five home runs ... Scored 85 runs and drove in 62 while drawing 41 walks and striking out just 32 times in 418 plate appearances (one strikeout every 13.1 plate appearances) ... Was hit by a pitch eight times ... Had a .460 on-base percentage and a .547 slugging percentage ... Stole 28 bases in 40 tries while tallying three sacrifice hits and four sacrifice flies ... Excellent defensive outfielder with 192 putouts, nine assiststs and five errors for a .976 fielding percentage.
2010 Football: Played in eight games while also missing six consecutive contests due to injury ... Appeared in the first four games and the last four games of the season, including all three of the Wildcats playoff games ... Ranked third on the team with 28 receptions for 240 yards and three touchdowns ... In his first full game back from injury caught a career-high 11 passes in a first round playoff win over Stephen F. Austin ... Rushed 68 times for 368 yards (5.8 yards per carry) and four touchdowns, including a career-high three rushing touchdowns in the quarterfinals of the playoffs against Appalachian State ... As a passer was 7-of-8 for 171 yards and two touchdowns ... Had 11 kickoff returns for 233 yards (21.2 yards per return) and six punt returns for 48 yards (6.0 yards per return) ... Finished the season ranked second on the team in all-purpose yards, third in total offense and fourth in scoring ... In the quarterfinal round win over Appalachian State, registered a passing, receiving and rushing touchdown in the same game for the first time in his career.
2010 Baseball: Chosen as a third team All-American by the website Ping!Baseball.com ... First team All-BIG EAST selection ... The first Villanova player to earn this honor since 2001 ... Philadelphia Big Five Player of the Year ... Member of the Philadelphia Big Five Team ... Had a season for the record books in which he batted .443 (77-174) and finished the regular season as the top hitter in the BIG EAST Conference ... Villanova's first .400 hitter since 1997 ... His average is the fourth-highest in a single-season in school history and ranked among the top 10 in the entire nation ... Averaged just under two hits per game with 77 hits in 39 games played (all starts) ... Collected 13 doubles, seven triples and four home runs to lead the team in all three of those categories ... Also had a team-best 38 RBI and was second on the team with 40 runs scored ... Drew 14 walks and was hit by a pitch twice ... Averaged just one strikeout every 21.2 plate appearances (nine strikeouts in 191 plate appearances) and was among the toughest hitters to strike out in all of Division I ... Compiled a .487 on-base percentage and a .667 slugging percentage -- each of those marks were also team highs ... Committed just one error in right field in 99 chances to post a .990 fielding percentage.
2009 Football: Consensus first team All-American ... CAA Offensive Player of the Year ... CAA Special Teams Player of the Year ... First team All-CAA performer ... MVP of the national championship game ... Played in all 15 games and was second on the team in rushing, receiving and scoring ... Only player in Division I (FBS or FCS) to register a touchdown as a receiver, rusher, passer and kick returner ... Tallied 51 receptions for 610 yards (12.0 yards per catch) and four touchdowns ... Rushed 108 times for 813 yards (7.5 yards per rush) and 10 scores ... Went 4-of-4 for 22 yards and two touchdowns as a passer ... Returned 30 kickoffs for 816 yards (27.2 yards per return), including an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown ... Had a team-high 2,239 all-purpose yards (149.3 yards per game).
2009 Baseball: Made his collegiate baseball debut as a sophomore academically after a redshirt season a year earlier ... Played in 48 games with 47 starts and led the team in six offensive categories ... Batted a team-high .346 (65-188) with 45 runs scored and 24 runs batted in ... Drew 27 walks, was hit by a pitch six times and had three sacrifice flies ... Totaled 10 doubles, two triples and a home run ... Finished the year with a .438 on-base percentage and a .436 slugging percentage ... Stole 18 bases in 25 tries ... Laid down three sacrifice bunts ... Struck out just 23 times ... Had the longest hitting streak of the season for the team with a 15-game streak ... Led the team with six outfield assists and compiled a .963 fielding percentage (97 putouts, six assists, four errors).
2008 Football: Second team All-CAA selection ... Played in all 13 games and racked up 1,149 all-purpose yards ... Recorded 32 receptions for 511 yards (16.0 yards per reception) and four touchdowns ... Rushed 78 times for 449 yards (5.8 yards per carry) and three touchdowns ... Returned five punts for 43 yards (8.6 yards per return) and four kicks for 146 yards (36.5 yards per return), including a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the first round playoff game against Colgate ... Completed 1-of-2 passes for 13 yards and a touchdown ... Totaled 48 points ... Made four tackles on special teams.
2008 Baseball: Received a medical redshirt for baseball due to a football-related injury.
2007 Football: Played in all 11 games and tallied 957 all-purpose yards ... Registered 15 receptions for 124 yards (8.3 yards per catch) ... Carried the ball 23 times for 173 yards (7.5 yards per carry) ... Returned 19 kickoffs for 495 yards (26.1 yards per return) and 17 punts for 165 yards (9.7 yards per return) ... Made 13 tackles on special teams (eight solo tackles, five assisted stops) with one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
National Marrow Donor Program: Joined the national Be The Match registry as a freshman at Villanova in one of the football team's annual testing drives for potential bone marrow donors ... In the spring of 2010 donated peripheral blood cells to a young leukemia patient who only had a 1-in-80,000 chance of finding a match ... Missed 10 games during the baseball season due to medication taken in advance of making his donation ... One of just three Villanova football players to be a match for a patient since head coach Andy Talley began his association with the NMDP in 1992.
Lower Cape May Regional: Earned four varsity letters in football, baseball and track & field ... Baseball team captain ... First team All-State selection ... Atlantic City Press Player of the Year ... Gazette Leader MVP ... First team All-Cape Atlantic League ... First team All-South Jersey ... First team All-Group III (Courier Post) ... Set a new South Jersey record by hitting .681 ... Had 140 total career hits ... Drafted in the 38th round of the 2007 Major League Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers ... Team captain and first team All-League football player.
Personal: Born 7/20/89 in Cape May, N.J. ... Younger of two sons of Marc and Kathleen Szczur ... Majoring in Communications.