Cleveland Browns Select Tech's McCown in Fourth Round
Posted Apr 25, 2004 15:14:36
RUSTON - Officials close to the Louisiana Tech Athletic Department knew that the Cleveland Browns were very interested in former Bulldog quarterback Luke McCown.
After all, the NFL organization sent a retired secret service agent to Ruston and to Jacksonville, Texas, -- the home of McCown - to talk to as many people who were familiar with the 22-year-old as possible.
On Sunday morning, Cleveland showed their interest and confidence by selecting McCown with the 10th overall pick in the fourth round, the 106th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.
"This is a young man who has played a lot of football at Louisiana Tech," said NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper following McCown's selection. "He's very agile but lanky; needs to add some pounds. At Louisiana Tech, he played against (some of the top teams in college football) and talent-wise (Tech) was overmatched against the big-time teams, thus McCown was forced to try to do too much at times.
"He can make the toughest throw in football for a quarterback and did many times in college. He needs to get bigger and stronger to handle the punishment of the NFL. He'll have two or three years to develop; he's not expected to contribute immediately."
It should come as no surprise to Louisiana Tech fans that a Butch Davis-coached Browns team drafted McCown; after all, Davis watched McCown as a true freshman throw for 418 yards and three touchdowns against his Miami Hurricane team in a 42-31 Bulldog loss.
"He literally almost lit us up," Davis said. "(When we drafted McCown) I saw the stats come up on the screen that said he threw for 12,000 yards in college. I thought he got all 12,000 that night."
During McCown's four-year career as a Bulldog, the 6-foot-4-inch, 210-pounder passed for 12,666 yards and 87 touchdowns, the yardage ranking No. 4 in NCAA Division I history and the touchdowns ranking No. 9. McCown, who is engaged to marry former Louisiana Tech cheerleader Katie Griffin on May 15, recorded 12 games of over 400 yards passing and 22 games of over 300-yards.
Some of McCown's most impressive performances came against BCS programs including memorable games against Miami (418 yards, 3 TDs in 2000), Auburn (433 yards, 4 TDs in 2000 and 381 yards, 4 TDs in 2001), Oklahoma State (448 yards, 3 TDs in 2002), Penn State (406 yards, 1 TD in 2002) and Michigan State (436 yards, 3 TDs in 2003).
"Playing for Coach Davis) is something that I've thought about since Coach Davis left Miami and went to the Browns," McCown said. "I knew it could be a possibility. I remember talking to him and shaking his hand after the game my true freshman year and that's always been in the back of my mind."
Luke McCown Bio
2003: Started all 12 games for Louisiana Tech ... Named honorable mention
all-Louisiana by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association ... Completed 246
of 432 passes for 3,246 yards and 19 touchdowns ... Threw 14 interceptions
on the season ... Rushed 71 times for negative 80 yards and one score ...
Finished his career having passed for 12,666 yards and 87 touchdowns ...
Ranks No. 4 in NCAA Division I history in passing yards, No. 9 (tie) in
passing touchdowns and No. 3 in total offense (12,731) ... In the Tech
record books ranked No. 1 in passing attempts (1775), No. 1 in completions
(1,063), No. 2 in passing yards, No. 1 in total offense, No. 2 in touchdowns
and No. 1 in interceptions (62) ... Recorded 12 games of 400-plus passing
yards and 22 games of 300-plus passing yards in his career ... During his
senior season, he passed for 436 yards and three touchdowns in a 20-19
come-from-behind road win at Michigan State ... In that contest he threw two
touchdowns in the fianl 1:08 of the game, including the game-winner with :02
remaining ... Passed for 437 yards and two touchdowns in a 43-37 loss to No.
15 ranked Boise State ... Passed for 405 yards and three touchdowns in a
44-41 loss to Hawaii ...
2002: Started all 12 games at quarterback for Louisiana Tech ... Named
honorable mention All-Louisiana by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association
... WAC Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 2) ... Louisiana Sports Writers
Association Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 3 & 24) ... Dopke.com WAC
Performer of the Week (Sept. 2) ... Preseason Western Athletic Conference
Player of the Year ... ESPN.com Preseason WAC Offensive Player of the Year
... Davey O?Brien Watch List ... Completed 296 of 505 passes for 3539 yards,
19 touchdowns and 19 interceptions ... Also rushed 61 times for 30 yards and
two scores ... Recorded a career-best 53-yard run against Texas A&M ...
Ranked in the Tech single season record book section with 296 completions
(No.4), 505 attempts (No. 4), 3,539 passing yards (No. 5) and 19 touchdowns
(No. 10) ... Enters the 2003 season ranking No. 2 in career completions
(842), No. 2 in career attempts (1395), No. 2 in career passing yards
(9748), No. 2 in passing touchdowns (69) and No. 1 in career touchdowns
responsible for (79) ... Will also enter the 2003 season ranking No. 1 in
the nation in passing yards among returning quarterbacks and No. 1 in
passing touchdowns among returning quarterbacks ... Opened the season by
passing for 448 yards and three touchdowns in a 39-36 win over Oklahoma
State ... Threw a fourth down touchdown pass to Erick Franklin with 1:00
remaining in the OSU game for the win ... Also recorded 400-yard plus
efforts against nationally-ranked Penn State (406) and UTEP (421) ... Threw
for 300-plus yards against Nevada (376), San Jose State (341) and nationally
ranked Boise State (330) ... Threw three touchdown passes in four games
(Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Nevada and San Jose State) ... His 18 300-plus yard
passing games ranks No. 2 in Tech history and his nine 400-yard passing
games ranks No. 2 ... Recorded rushing touchdowns against Oklahoma State and
2001: Named Second Team All-Western Athletic Conference ... Named second
team All-Louisiana by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association ... Named to
the WAC All-Academic team ... Named the Western Athletic Conference
Offensive Player of the Week twice (Oct. 6 and Nov. 3) ... Named Louisiana
Sports Writers Association State Offensive Player of the Week three-times
(Oct. 6, Oct. 13, Oct. 27) ... Named USA Today Online WAC Player of the Week
twice (Oct. 6 and Oct. 27) ... Named Louisiana Tech Offensive Player of the
Week (Sept. 29) ... Started all 12 games at quarterback for the Bulldogs ...
Completed 302 of 521 passes for 3,665 yards and 29 touchdowns while also
throwing 17 interceptions ... Rushed 98 times for 139 yards and five
touchdowns ... His 139 yards rushing were the most by a Tech quarterback
since Mark Buchanan in 1979 ... The 521 attempts rank No. 2 in Tech single
season record book ... The 302 completions rank No. 3 in Tech single season
record book ... The 3,665 yards rank No. 4 in Tech single season record
books ... The 29 touchdowns rank No. 5 in Tech single season record book ...
Ranked in the Top 5 nationally in total offense with 317.0 yards per game
... Ranked No. 4 in the WAC in passing efficiency at 132.6 ... Recorded
seven games of 300 or more passing yards including three games of 400-plus
... Completed 30 of 46 passes for a career-high 464 yards and four
touchdowns in 48-42 win over Boise State ... Completed 31 of 42 passes for
407 yards and five touchdowns in win over San Jose State ... Completed 27 of
43 passes for 407 yards and four touchdowns in win over Nevada ... Also
threw for more than 300 yards against nationally ranked Fresno State (313),
nationally ranked Auburn (381) and Rice (384) ... Passed for 328 yards and
one touchdown in the 2001 Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl while also rushing
for a touchdown ... Recorded rushing touchdowns against SMU, Nevada, Boise
State and Rice ...
2000: Earned Rivals.com Freshman All-America accolades ... Named to the
Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana Second Team ... Named
Freshman of the Year by the LSWA ... Played in eight games, starting seven
... Completed 244 of 369 passes for 2,544 yards, 21 touchdowns and 15
interceptions ... Also recorded three rushing touchdowns ... Completed 66.1
percent of his passes and registered a 134.69 pass efficiency rating ... Set
four NCAA Division I single game freshman records for pass completions (48
vs. Auburn), pass attempts (72 vs. Miami, Fla.), passing touchdowns (6 vs.
UL-Lafayette) and total plays from scrimmage (80 vs. Miami, Fla.) ...
Recorded five 300-yard plus passing games and three 400-yard plus passing
games ... Completed 31 of 41 passes for 353 yards and six touchdowns against
Louisiana-Lafayette ... Connected on 47 of 65 passes for 433 yards and four
scores against Auburn ... Completed 42 of 72 passes for 418 yards and three
touchdowns against nationally ranked Miami ... Connected on 27 of 37 passes
for 404 yards and four touchdowns in only three quarters against
Louisiana-Monroe ... Scored rushing touchdowns against Middle Tennessee,
Miami and Louisiana-Monroe ... His 369 pass attempts rank No. 8 in the Tech
single season record books ... His 244 completions rank No. 6 in Tech single
season record books ... His 2,544 yards and 21 touchdowns rank No. 9 in Tech
single season record books ...
High School: Graduated from Jacksonville High School in 2000 ... Played
quarterback for Coach Danny Long and the Indians ... District offensive MVP
... Two-time honorable mention all-East Texas ... Two-time 1st team
all-district ... Preseason Texas Top 100 pick ... 1st team all-district and
all-East Texas in basketball ... Tossed a school record five touchdowns and
363 yards in one game ...
Getting Acquainted: Agricultural business major ... Active member of
Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Son of Pat and Robin McCown ... Has two
brothers, Randy and Josh, and one sister, Amy ... Randy was the starting
quarterback at Texas A&M for three years, while Josh started at Sam Houston
State last year ... Josh was selected in the third round by the Arizona
Cardinals in the 2002 NFL Draft ... Engaged to marry Katie Griffin, a former
Louisiana Tech cheerleader and alumnus, on May 15, 2004 ... Born July 12,
1981 ... Age 22.
Year G Comp Att Pct Yards Int TDs Long YPG
2000 8 244 369 66.1 2,544 15 21 64 318.0
2001 11 277 469 59.1 3,337 14 28 68 303.4
2002 12 296 505 58.6 3,539 19 19 80 294.9
2003 12 246 432 56.9 3,246 14 19 76 270.5
Totals 43 1063 1775 59.9 12,666 62 87 80 294.5
Year G Att Yards YPC TDs
2000 8 55 -29 -0.5 3
2001 11 87 144 1.7 4
2002 12 61 30 0.5 2
2003 12 71 -80 -1.1 1
Totals 43 274 65 0.2 9
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