Fifth-year senior provides wealth of experience as backup quarterback... Former starter (13 career starts) ranks among top 10 on eight Baylor career passing categories and owns five school single-game records... Ranks in career top 10 in: completions (6th; 331), attempts (9th; 587), completion percentage (3rd; .564), TD-INT ratio (6th; 1.040), INT percentage (6th; .0426), 400-yard games (1st; 3), TD responsibility (10th; 29), total offense per play (10th; 5.31) heading into 2009... Baylor record-holder in single-game completions (36), attempts (60), yards (412), touchdowns (6) and total offense (428)... Ranks 12th all-time in passing yardage (3,551).
2008 (Junior): Played in five of 12 games as backup during junior season in 2008... Completed four of seven passes for 28 yards without a touchdown or interception and added one rush for 3 yards in 2008... Totaled 18 yards passing on 3-of-5 completions in two drives off bench in win over Northwestern State in second game... Completed one pass for 10 yards in two drives played in Iowa State win (week six)... Lost battle for starting QB position during fall camp.
2007 (Sophomore): Ten-game starter under center ranked No. 6 in Big 12 in passing yards per game (258.5 ypg), No. 7 in Big 12 and No. 34 nationally in total offense (267.5 ypg) and No. 11 in Big 12 and No. 86 nationally in pass efficiency (117.0 rating)... Established 20 Baylor single-game, season and career records during the 2007 season... Season records established in 2007: completions (264), attempts (461), yards (2,844), touchdowns (22), 400-yard games (three), total plays (522), total offense (2,942) and touchdown responsibility (23)... Hit 57.3 percent of passes to rank No. 7 on Baylor's single-season list and tied for third in interceptions thrown (18) and No. 8 in touchdown to interception ratio (1.22)... Threw for 200 or more yards in seven games, three of which were 400-yard performances... Produced 21 plays, 19 passes and two rushes, of 25-plus yards on season... Completed 29-of-40 passes for 226 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions vs. Oklahoma State... Hit 25-of-42 passes for 280 yards and two TDs with two picks at No. 4 Oklahoma; tossed career-long 75-yard TD pass to Thomas White vs. Sooners... 25-of-41 in air for 191 yards and one touchdown with one interception vs. Texas Tech... Came off bench at Kansas State to hit 15-of-21 passes for 213 yards and one TD with one interception... DNP (coaches decision) vs. No. 19 Texas after 10 straight starts under center... At Kansas, threw for season-low 119 yards (18-for-33 with career-high tying three interceptions and no touchdowns)... Hit 36-of-60 passes for 410 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions vs. Colorado; set BU single-game records for completions and attempts, yardage total ranked No. 3 on one-game list... Totaled Baylor single-game record 428 total-offense yards vs. Colorado on school-record 64 attempts... 12-of-35 passing for 194 yards and one pick at Texas A&M... 14 of 22 TD passes came in three-game span (at Buffalo, vs. Texas State, vs. Rice) ... At Buffalo, rushed 11 times for career-high 91 yards and one TD, which came on career-long 39-yard run, and passed for 172 yards and three touchdowns... Rushing total at Buffalo best by Baylor quarterback since Odell James' 92-yard performance vs. Kansas State in 1998... Became first Bear to throw for 400-plus yards in consecutive games with 411-yard, five-touchdown effort vs. Texas State... Hit 29-of-46 passes vs. Rice for school-record 412 yards with BU single-game record six TD passes and no interceptions to earn first career win as Bears' starting QB and co-Big 12 Offensive Player of Week honors... Threw for 216 yards with career-high tying three interceptions at No. 22 TCU in season-opener... Spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll selection... Took 746 snaps to earn second Baylor letter.
2006 (Redshirt Freshman): Redshirt freshman quarterback started final three games of 2006 campaign in place of injured Shawn Bell... Completed 64-of-121 passes for 689 yards with four touchdowns and seven interceptions over five appearances on season... Also rushed 44 times for 18 yards and two touchdowns... 44 rushes ranked No. 2 on squad... Against No. 16 Oklahoma in season-finale, 22-of-45 in air for 188 yards with two interceptions... 45 pass attempts vs. Sooners a then-career-high... At Oklahoma State completed 24-of-41 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions... Established career-highs in every passing category vs. Cowboys... Also rushed 10 times for then-career-high 40 yards at Oklahoma State... In first career start at Texas Tech, rushed career-high 22 times for 25 yards and two touchdowns, completed 16-of-30 passes for 197 yards and one touchdown with one pick... Two rushing touchdowns against Red Raiders were first of career, became first Baylor signal caller to register two rushing touchdowns in game since Nov. 21, 1992, when J.J. Joe accomplished feat in 21-20 Baylor victory over Texas at Floyd Casey Stadium... 56-yard touchdown pass to Trent Shelton at Texas Tech then-career-long... Had taken nine career snaps as Bear, four vs. Northwestern State and five vs. No. 22 Texas A&M, prior to Texas Tech start... 0-for-2 in air with one pick against No. 22 Texas A&M after Bell went down late in game with knee injury, but rushed twice for 20 yards... Saw first career action under center against Northwestern State, connected on 2-of-3 passes for 42 yards and one touchdown... Tossed 27-yard scoring pass to Thomas White for Baylor's final touchdown vs. Northwestern State... Played 196 snaps to earn first Baylor letter... Wore No. 6 after donning No. 14 in 2005.
2005 (True Freshman): Elected to take redshirt year as true freshman, but dressed for every game as Bears' No. 3 signal caller.
High School: Rider High School, Wichita Falls, Texas... Member of Texas Football's 2004 Texas Top 300... 2004 Waco Tribune-Herald Top 100 selection... Threw for 4,083 yards and 45 touchdowns in leading Raiders to 11-3 record as senior in 2004... Completed 59.8 percent of passes (278-of-465) in final prep season... Also ran for 455 yards and 10 touchdowns to earn first-team Class 4A all-state honors from Texas Sports Writers Association and honorable mention recognition from The Associated Press... 2004 MVP of Wichita Falls Record News Red River all-area squad... Threw for 447 yards and six touchdowns in 63-42 upset win of No. 4 Stephenville in bi-district playoffs... As junior, passed for 2,810 yards and earned district MVP honors... Also played in secondary and returned punts... In 2005 Oil Bowl, completed 11-of-24 passes for 95 yards and one touchdown... Earned four letters in football and baseball, two in basketball... Coached by Scott Ponder at District 5-4A school.
Personal: Son of Steve and Donna Szymanski, Blake Michael Szymanski was born July 26, 1986, in Wichita Falls, Texas... Brother B.J. was baseball All-American at Princeton and currently plays with former Baylor star Michael Griffin in Cincinnati Reds organization... Majoring in marketing.