Bobby Newcombe

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Bobby Newcombe
No. 12
Position: Quarterback, Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-08-08) August 8, 1979 (age 36)
Place of birth: Sierra Leone, Africa
Career information
College: Nebraska
NFL draft: 2001 / Round: 6 / Pick: 166 (Arizona Cardinals)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • National Championship, backup WB, Nebraska (1997)
  • Big 12 Championship, Nebraska (1997)
  • Big 12 Championship, WB, Nebraska (1999)
Career NFL statistics
Passing Stats: NA
Receptions-yards: NA
Touchdowns: NA

Robert Wundu Sowa "Bobby" Newcombe (born August 8, 1979 in Sierra Leone, Africa) is a former American football quarterback that started for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.[1]

Collegiate career[edit]

As a sophomore in 1998, Bobby Newcombe started at quarterback and led his team to a 9-4 record and a No. 19 ranking nationally in spite of suffering from a knee injury in the first game that would plague him all season long. During the season, Newcombe led Nebraska in passing yards with 712 and had 228 rushing yards while completing 50-of-79 passes and throwing just one interception. The 6-0, 195-pound native of Albuquerque, New Mexico also recorded eight rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown, while his longest run from the line of scrimmage was 20 yards. Newcombe's longest pass play covered 49 yards to wide receiver Matt Davison against Texas A&M on October 10, 1998.[2]

One of Newcombe's most memorable moments for individual game performances came on August 29, 1998 when he completed 9-of-10 passes for 168 yards including a 46-yard touchdown pass to tight end Sheldon Jackson in a 56-27 shootout victory over Louisiana Tech which was televised nationally.[3]

Newcombe was replaced at quarterback by Eric Crouch the following year as Crouch would go on to win the Heisman Trophy in 2001. Newcombe would finish his career as a return man and wide receiver for the Cornhuskers. His four seasons at Nebraska had him totalling 45 receptions for 660 yards with three touchdowns. He also added 48 punt returns for 829 yards which included three touchdown returns. One of those three touchdown returns went for 94 yards against Missouri on September 30, 2000 which set a Huskers school record.[4]

Statistics[edit]

Passing Rushing Receiving Punt Returns
YEAR CMP ATT CMP% YDS TD INT ATT YDS AVG TD REC YDS AVG TD NO. YDS AVG TD
1997 1 1 100.0 15 0 0 16 156 9.8 1 7 173 24.7 1 12 244 20.3 1
1998 50 79 63.3 712 1 1 83 228 2.7 8 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0
1999 11 19 57.9 246 2 1 37 87 2.4 3 19 238 12.5 1 16 294 18.4 1
2000 0 0 0 0 0 9 18 2.0 0 19 249 13.1 1 20 291 14.6 1
Totals 63 99 63.6 973 3 2 155 490 3.2 12 45 660 14.7 3 48 829 17.3 3

Professional career[edit]

Newcombe played football professionally in the Canadian Football League for the Montreal Alouettes for one season. He was drafted in the 6th round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals, but wound up playing wide receiver in Canada at the slot receiver's position in 2002.

Personal life[edit]

Newcombe now resides in Lincoln, Nebraska and works as an associate director of public affairs at the University of Nebraska.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "#12 Bobby Newcombe". Huskers.com. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "1998 Nebraska football statistics". HuskerMax.com. January 1999. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Nebraska 56, La. Tech 27". HuskerMax.com. August 29, 1998. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "#12 Bobby Newcombe". Huskers.com. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bobby Newcombe Explains the Game of Education". LiveStrong.com. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 

Additional sources[edit]

  • Lindy's Big-12 Football - 1999 - Volume 13, p. 136, 174-175
  • nebraska.statepaper.com - June 30, 2001 article titled “Bobby Newcombe puts Nebraska Behind Him”