Dec. 9, 2003
HOUSTON, Texas - Less than one week removed from being selected the Conference USA Freshman of the Year, University of Houston quarterback Kevin Kolb (Stephenville, Texas) today was named a Third Team, Freshman All-America by The Sporting News. Kolb also picked up Conference USA Third Team honors as well last week.
Starting all 12 games for the Cougars, Kolb passed for nearly 2,800 yards and 23 touchdowns and in helping lead Houston to its first bowl appearance in seven years. He also rushed for an additional 339 yards and seven scores, becoming the first UH quarterback since Gerald Landry in 1984 to top 300 yards rushing in a season. Kolb became the first true freshman to start a season opener as quarterback for the Cougars in school history and would go on to set virtually every freshman passing record.
His 5.8:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio ranks as the second-best in UH single-season history and is currently the third-best nationally amongst Division I-A quarterbacks. He became one of only four players in NCAA Division I-A history to throw for 400 yards and rush for 100 yards against C-USA rival TCU on Oct. 25. His interception percentage (1.22) is the lowest in C-USA history.
Kolb enters the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl having thrown at least one touchdown pass in all but two games this season and has thrown at least two TD scores in nine games and each of the last three contests.
This season, he tops all freshman passers in Division I-A in attempts (326), completions (201), passing yards (2,799) and passing touchdowns (23) and is the national freshman leader with seven wins as a starter. His seven wins as a starter are one more than The Sporting News' first-teamer (Chris Leak of Florida) and second-teamer (Georgia Tech?s Reggie Ball.)