Saints Sign QB

UCLA quarterback Patrick Cowan, who was an undergraduate assistant coach with the Bruins last season, signed a free-agent contract with the New Orleans Saints.

courtesy: www.dailynews.com

{Fletcher’s take: Don’t expect Cowan to be anything more than an extra arm in mini-camp. He’ll be luck to be invited to training camp in July.}

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Bio courtesy: www.wikipedia.com

Patrick Edmund Cowan (born March 23, 1986 in Surrey, British Columbia) is a quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL. He was previously the starting quarterback for the UCLA Bruins football team after starter Ben Olson was injured in the middle of the 2006 season. Cowan was a redshirt sophomore. His best game came when he went 12/21 for 124 yards when the Bruins upset the #2 USC Trojans on December 2, 2006. With the win, the Bruins qualified for the Emerald Bowl against Florida State. Cowan was 15/26 for 240 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss to Florida State.

Cowan and USC linebacker Rey Maualuga will be remembered in the tradition-filled UCLA-USC football rivalry for a violent sideline collision-tackle of Cowan in the 2nd Quarter of the 2007 game which was televised to a national audience. To Cowan’s credit, after the collision he walked to his sideline unassisted, and returned to play the remainder of the contest. In the post-game day ESPN telecast, legendary college football coach Lou Holtz observed that the Maualuga tackle of Cowan was “the most violent tackle I have ever seen on a college football field”.[1]

Cowan ended his UCLA football career when he had a knee injury during the 2008 Spring practices. He served as an undergraduate assistant coach on the football team in 2008. He was eligible for the 2009 NFL draft, but was not selected. However, after the draft he was signed as a free agent by the Saints. [2]

Pat Cowan played at UCLA alongside his brother, Joe Cowan. Cowan attended St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California. Both brothers were born in Canada while their father Tim Cowan played quarterback for the BC Lions of the CFL.[3]

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