March 29, 2004
HOUSTON, Texas - University of Houston quarterback Kevin Kolb (Stephenville, Texas) has been selected by ESPN.com to its Hot 100 list heading into the fall. Kolb is ranked as the 90th best player prior to the 2004 season.
A sophomore-to-be in September, Kolb was the Conference USA Freshman of the Year in leading the Cougars to a 7-6 record and berth in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl on Christmas Day. Kolb passed for 3,131 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushed for an additional 346 yards and seven scores en route to breaking every UH freshman passing mark in 2003. His efficiency rating of 153.75 is the second-best mark in school history.
One of only nine players to start all 13 games last season, Kolb became the first true freshman in UH history to start a season opener at quarterback. Kolb was the nation's most prolific Division I-A freshman signal-caller, topping Florida's Chris Leak and Georgia Tech's Reggie Ball in every passing and total offense category.
Kolb was selected the Freshman of the Year by CollegeFootballNews.com, and picked up Third Team, All-Conference USA and C-USA All-Freshman Team along the way. He also was picked a Third Team, Freshman All-America by The Sporting News and was twice named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week for his performances against Mississippi State and TCU.
In his performance against TCU, Kolb became just the fourth player in NCAA Division I-A history to throw for 400 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game. Against the Horned Frogs Kolb threw for 434 yards and rushed for 144 yards. He capped his memorable freshman campaign by throwing for 332 yards and two scores in the Cougars' thrilling 54-48 triple overtime defeat against Hawai'i.
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