Bobby Newcombe

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Bobby Newcombe
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Position: Quarterback/wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1979-08-08) August 8, 1979 (age 40)
Sierra Leone
Career information
High school: Albuquerque (NM) Highland
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 2001  / Round: 6 / Pick: 166
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • National Championship, backup WB, Nebraska (1997)
  • Big 12 Championship, Nebraska (1997)
  • Big 12 Championship, WB, Nebraska (1999)
  • Second-team All-Big 12 (1999)
Career NFL statistics
Passing Stats:NA
Player stats at

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

Sierra Leone republic in West Africa

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Collegiate career

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]

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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]

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PassingRushingReceivingPunt Returns
1997 11100.01500161569.81717324.711224420.31
1998 507963.371211832282.78000.00000.00
1999 111957.92462137872.431923812.511629418.41
2000 000009182.001924913.112029114.61

Professional career

Newcombe played football professionally in the Canadian Football League for the Montreal Alouettes for one season. [5] 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.

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2001 NFL Draft

The 2001 NFL Draft was the 66th annual meeting of National Football League (NFL) franchises to select newly eligible football players. The draft, which is officially referred to as the "NFL Player Selection Meeting," was held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York on April 21–22, 2001.

Personal life

Newcombe now resides in Chandler, Arizona and works as the head coach at Casteel High School.

Chandler, Arizona City in Arizona, United States

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  2. "1998 Nebraska football statistics". January 1999. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  3. "Nebraska 56, La. Tech 27". August 29, 1998. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  4. "#12 Bobby Newcombe". Retrieved 1 August 2012.
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