Dec. 10, 2003
HOUSTON, Texas - University of Houston freshman quarterback Kevin Kolb (Stephenville, Texas) today was named by the College Football News as its Offensive Freshman of the Year. It is the second straight national honor for the true freshman Kolb, as yesterday he picked up Third Team, Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News.
Kolb also was named to the CFN Conference USA First Team, was the publication's Freshman of the Year and his game against TCU (434 yards passing, 144 yards rushing) was named the Best Performance of the year.
Joining Kolb on CFN's C-USA All-Conference team was senior wide receiver Brandon Middleton and center Rex Hadnot. Kolb, Middleton and Hadnot all were selected the top performers at their respective positions, while sophomore running back Anthony Evans was selected the fifth-best back in the league.
The Cougars as a team were selected as CFN's Biggest Surprise.
Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams was the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year, while Southern Miss linebacker Michael Boley was C-USA Defensive Player of the Year.
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.
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