Scott Tolzien
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Tolzien with the Colts in 2016
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Personal information
Born: (1987-09-04) September 4, 1987 (age 32)
Rolling Meadows, Illinois
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Palatine (IL) Fremd
Career history
* San Diego Chargers ( 2011)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* Second-Team All-Big Ten (2010)
Career NFL statistics
Passing attempts:146
Passing completions:88
Completion percentage:60.3
Passing yards:1,065
Passer rating:61.6
Player stats at

Scott Jeffery Tolzien (born September 4, 1987) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football at Wisconsin. He was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He has also played for the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts.

High school careerEdit

Tolzien was a two-star recruit out of William Fremd High School, located in Palatine, Illinois, a suburb northwest of Chicago.[1] 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.[2]

College careerEdit

Tolzien attended and played college football for the University of Wisconsin from 2006–2010.[3]

2006 seasonEdit

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

2007 seasonEdit

File:Scott Tolzien and Dustin Sherer in 2007.jpg

Tolzien did not play in any games for Wisconsin in 2007, as Wisconsin had Tyler Donovan, Allan Evridge, and Dustin Sherer at quarterback.[4]

2008 seasonEdit

After Allan Evridge was benched following his 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.[5] Dustin Sherer eventually took charge of the Badgers, who finished the season 7–6.[6]

2009 seasonEdit

File:Scott Tolzien 2009.jpeg

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.[7] Under Tolzien's leadership, Wisconsin finished the season at 9–3.[8] 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.[9][10] Despite this, Tolzien played well in games against Michigan, Minnesota, and Michigan State, and was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts against Michigan State.[11][12][13]

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.[14]

2010 seasonEdit

After a disappointing effort against Michigan State, Tolzien improved week after week as the Badgers won their next 7 games, to finish the year 11–1.[15][16] 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.[17] 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.[18] In his final home start, against the Northwestern Wildcats, Tolzien completed 15 passes on 19 attempts for 230 yards with four touchdown passes.[19]

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, and the Horned Frogs won, 21–19. Tolzein completed his college career at the East-West Shrine Game on January 22, 2011.[20]

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,[21][22] In 2010, he set a new Wisconsin record for completion percentage in a single 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.


The following statistics were retrieved from[23]

Collegiate career statistics
Wisconsin Badgers
Season Games Games
Record Passing Rushing
Comp Att Yards Pct. TD Int QB rating Att Yards Avg TD
Did not play
2008 3 0 0–0 5 8 107 62.5 0 1 149.9 4 13 3.3 1
2009 13 13 10–3 211 328 2,705 64.3 16 11 143.0 54 8 0.1 2
2010 13 13 11–2 194 266 2,459 72.9 16 6 165.9 30 –30 –1.0 0
NCAA Career Totals 29 26 21–5 410 602 5,271 68.1 32 18 153.2 88 –9 –0.1 3

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP<th>Wonderlic</th>
6 ft 2 in 212 lb30 ½ in10 in 4.93 s 1.79 s 2.96 s 4.12 s 6.84 s 29.5 in 9 ft 8 in <td align="center">38[24]</td>

San Diego ChargersEdit

After going undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft, Tolzien signed with the San Diego Chargers on July 26, 2011.[25] He threw for 302 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the preseason.[26] On September 3, 2011, Tolzien was released by the Chargers during final team cuts.[27]

San Francisco 49ersEdit

File:Scott Tolzien in 2012.jpg

On September 4, 2011, Tolzien was claimed off waivers by the San Francisco 49ers. He became the 49ers 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. He was on the roster for the 49ers appearance in Super Bowl XLVII. On August 26, 2013, Tolzien was waived by the 49ers.[28]

Green Bay PackersEdit

Tolzien was signed to the Green Bay Packers practice squad on September 1, 2013.[29] 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.[30]

File:Scott Tolzien in 2014.jpg

In his regular season debut, Tolzien completed 24-of-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.[31] Against the Giants, Tolzien was 24 of 34 and threw for 339 yards, but also threw 3 interceptions in a 27–13 loss.[32] The next week against the Vikings, Tolzien performed a spin move during a touchdown run before being relieved by quarterback Matt Flynn who led the Packers to a 26–26 tie against their divisional rival.[33][34][35]

In the 2015 season, he appeared in three games for the Packers and had very limited roles.[36]

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

On March 11, 2016, Tolzien signed a two-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts worth $3.50 million with $500,000 guaranteed.[37][38] Due to a concussion to Andrew Luck, Tolzien made his first start for the Colts on Thanksgiving on November 24, 2016, throwing for 205 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in a 28–7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.[39]

With Luck being inactive due to a shoulder injury, Tolzien was named the starting quarterback to begin the 2017 season. On September 10, 2017, he started the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams. Tolzien had 128 passing yards with two interceptions returned for touchdowns, until being benched in favor for Jacoby Brissett. The Colts lost by a score of 46–9.[40] Brissett started the next game against the Arizona Cardinals with Tolzien as the backup. After being benched, Tolzien had no more action in 2017. At the end of the year the Colts elected not to renew his contract, and he became a free agent.[41]

Birmingham IronEdit

On November 27, 2018, Tolzien was selected by the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football in the third round of the 2019 AAF QB Draft.[42]

Tolzien never played a down for the Iron as he retired before training camp began; the league would shut down abruptly after eight weeks into its season.[43]


Season Passing Rushing Fumbles
Year Team G GS Comp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD Fum Lost
2013 GB 3 2 55 90 61.1 717 8.0 1 5 66.8 5 55 11.0 1 0 0
2015 GB 3 0 1 1 100.0 4.0 4 0 0 83.3 3 −3 −1.0 0 1 0
2016 IND 3 1 23 37 62.2 216 5.8 1 2 64.7 6 3 0.5 0 1 0
2017 IND 1 1 9 18 50 128 7.1 0 2 33.8 2 2 1.0 0 1 0
Total[44]</small> 10 4 88 146 60.3 1,065 7.3 2 9 61.6 16 57 3.6 1 3 0


Coaching careerEdit

The Wisconsin Badgers hired Tolzein as an analyst to work on scouting opponents.[46]


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