Luke McCown

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Luke McCown
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McCown with the New Orleans Saints in 2015
No. 12, 7, 3
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1981-07-12) July 12, 1981 (age 38)
Jacksonville, Texas
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:217 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Jacksonville
(Jacksonville, Texas)
College:Louisiana Tech
NFL Draft:2004 / Round: 4 / Pick: 106
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Passing attempts:356
Passing completions:216
Percentage:60.7
TDINT:9–15
Passing yards:2,370
Passer rating:71.3
Player stats at NFL.com

Lucas Patrick McCown (born July 12, 1981) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football for the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs, and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, and a brief stint with Dallas Cowboys. He is the younger brother of NFL quarterback Josh McCown and former Texas A&M quarterback Randy McCown.

Early life[edit]

McCown was born and raised in Jacksonville, Texas. Like his older brothers Josh and Randy McCown, he showed an aptitude for sports. He attended Jacksonville High School, where he was a standout in both football and basketball.

In basketball, he garnered All-District and All-East Texas honors. For college he attended Louisiana Tech University, where he played for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team.

College career[edit]

At Louisiana Tech, McCown soon began setting records, and he remains the team's No. 2 all-time leader for passing touchdowns, passing yards, and total offense.[1] He still holds several NCAA Division I FBS records:[2]

  • Most plays by a freshman in a single game (80) - Louisiana Tech vs. Miami, FL, October 28, 2000. McCown gained 444 total yards during the game.
  • Most attempted passes by a freshman in a single game (72) - Louisiana Tech vs. Miami, FL, October 28, 2000. He completed 42 of those passes.
  • Most completed passes by a freshman in a single game (47) - Louisiana Tech vs. Auburn, October 21, 2000. He attempted 65 passes in all.
  • Most seasons of 2,000+ yards (4) - From 2000—03, McCown gained 2,544, 3,337, 3,539, and 3,246 yards.

Statistics[edit]

Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2000 Louisiana Tech 244 369 66.1% 2,544 6.9 21 15 134.7 55 -29 -0.5 3
2001 Louisiana Tech 277 469 59.1% 3,337 7.1 28 14 132.6 87 144 1.7 4
2002 Louisiana Tech 296 505 58.6% 3,539 7.0 19 19 122.4 61 30 0.5 2
2003 Louisiana Tech 246 432 56.9% 3,246 7.5 19 14 128.1 71 -80 -1.1 1
Career 1,063 1,775 59.9% 12,666 7.1 87 62 129.0 274 65 0.2 10

Source:[3]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad Wonderlic
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
208 lb
(94 kg)
4.69 s 1.67 s 2.71 s 4.21 s 6.74 s 37 12 in
(0.95 m)
10 ft 5 in
(3.18 m)
24[4]
All values from NFL Combine[5]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

McCown was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He went on to start in four games for Cleveland in his rookie season. After the season, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the weekend of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

During week 13 of the 2007 NFL season, McCown produced his finest performance as an NFL quarterback, throwing for 313 yards and 2 touchdowns during an emergency start for the injured Jeff Garcia in Tampa Bay's 27–23 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

McCown started the next game against the Houston Texans and was 25-38 for 266 yards and no interceptions, but a loss. He came in relief in the second half of week 16 and threw for 185 yards and one interception. McCown started the last game as the Bucs had already clinched a playoff spot. He threw for 236 yards and one interception with 2 touchdowns. McCown played in 5 games, starting 3, during the 2007 season, and threw altogether for 1,009 yards, 3 interceptions, 5 touchdowns, with a 91.7 QB rating.

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

McCown in 2009.

McCown was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars for an undisclosed 2010 draft pick on September 5, 2009. He played as a backup to starting quarterback David Garrard the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

On September 6, 2011, five days before the 2011 regular season opener, Jacksonville announced they were cutting Garrard and that McCown would succeed him as starter for the season opener.[6] On September 18, 2011, McCown was benched after posting the lowest passer rating (1.8) for a starting quarterback in Jaguars history.[7]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On June 7, 2012, McCown signed with the New Orleans Saints. He was released by the team on August 28, 2012.

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

The Atlanta Falcons signed McCown to replace the released Chris Redman on August 28, 2012. As Matt Ryan's primary backup, McCown appeared in two games, on September 27 when Atlanta won 27–3 over the San Diego Chargers and December 16 when Atlanta won 34–0 over the New York Giants.[8][9]

New Orleans Saints (second stint)[edit]

On April 1, 2013, McCown signed a one-year, $1.05 million deal with the Saints.[10] After solid performances in preseason games, McCown was selected to serve as the primary backup to Saints starting quarterback Drew Brees. During the regular season he attempted a pass but it fell incomplete.[11] In the regular season, McCown was the holder for placekicker Garrett Hartley.[12][13]

On September 25, 2015, Sean Payton announced that starting quarterback Drew Brees would miss the first game of his Saints career due to a bruised rotator cuff and that McCown would get the start on September 27 against the Carolina Panthers over rookie Garrett Grayson, marking McCown's first start since 2011 with the Jaguars.[14] Luke's older brother Josh started for the Browns the same day, marking the first time the brothers both started since 2007. On November 5, McCown underwent successful lower-back surgery, effectively ending his season after he was placed on injured reserve. McCown completed 32 of 39 passes for 335 yards and an 82.1 completion percentage in 2015.[15]

On March 10, 2016, the New Orleans Saints signed McCown to a two-year, $3.00 million contract with a signing bonus of $500,000.[16] On April 5, 2017, he was released after the team signed quarterback Chase Daniel.[17]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On July 28, 2017, McCown signed with the Dallas Cowboys on a one-year contract with $250,000 in guarantees.[18] He was released on September 2, 2017.[19]

Retirement[edit]

On April 20, 2018, McCown announced his retirement.[20]

Statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2004 CLE 5 4 48 98 49.0 608 6.2 4 7 52.6 6 25 4.2 0
2007 TB 5 3 94 139 67.6 1,009 7.3 5 3 91.7 12 117 9.8 0
2008 TB 2 0 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 39.6 3 15 5.0 0
2009 JAX 3 0 1 3 33.3 2 0.7 0 0 42.4 0 0 0.0 0
2010 JAX 1 0 11 19 57.9 120 6.3 0 0 76.6 1 4 4.0 0
2011 JAX 4 2 30 56 53.6 296 5.3 0 4 39.0 7 23 3.3 0
2012 ATL 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 2 -3 -1.5 0
2013 NO 16 0 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 39.6 3 -4 -1.3 0
2014 NO 16 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0
2015 NO 8 1 32 39 82.1 335 8.6 0 1 91.8 0 0 0.0 0
Career 62 10 216 356 60.7 2,370 6.7 9 15 71.3 34 177 5.2 0

Source:[21]

Personal life[edit]

McCown's brother Josh is also a quarterback in the NFL, who plays for the Philadelphia Eagles. His older brother Randy played quarterback at Texas A&M University. Luke and his wife, Katy, have four sons and two daughters. McCown is a Christian.[22][23]

In September 2015, he starred in a series of TV commercials for Verizon Wireless, talking about Verizon's reliability and backup generators, joking that "I bet if they just had the chance, some of those backups would really shine."[24] McCown started a game shortly after the commercial initially aired due to an injury to starting quarterback Drew Brees, throwing for 310 yards.[25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Luke McCown to Return for Idaho Game". Louisiana Tech Athletics. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  2. ^ "Football Bowl Subdivision Records" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  3. ^ "Luke McCown". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  4. ^ "Historical NFL Wonderlic Scores". wonderlictestsample.com. Archived from the original on September 2, 2016. Retrieved September 3, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Luke McCown". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  6. ^ Ganguli, Tania (September 6, 2011). "Jaguars release quarterback David Garrard". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
  7. ^ Jenkins, Edward R. (September 19, 2011). "McCown finds way into record book". [Jags Report]. Archived from the original on September 26, 2011. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  8. ^ "Luke McCown". New Orleans Saints. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  9. ^ "Luke McCown 2012 Game Log - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  10. ^ Wesseling, Chris (April 1, 2013). "Luke McCown agrees to terms with New Orleans Saints". NFL.com. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  11. ^ Vargas, Ramon Antonio. "Reports: Saints cut Seneca Wallace, Luke McCown wins back-up QB job (Video)". The Advocate. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  12. ^ Vargas, Ramon Antonio (August 20, 2013). "Veteran kicker Hartley putting together solid preseason". The Advocate. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  13. ^ "Game Summary: Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints" (PDF). NFL. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  14. ^ Hanzus, Dan (September 25, 2015). "Drew Brees ruled out for Saints vs. Panthers". NFL.com. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  15. ^ "Luke McCown". nfl.com. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  16. ^ "Sportrac.com: Luke McCown contracts". sportrac.com. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  17. ^ Katzenstein, Josh (April 5, 2017). "Saints planning to cut quarterback Luke McCown on Wednesday: source". NOLA.com.
  18. ^ Jackson, Lakisha (July 28, 2017). "Cowboys, QB Luke McCown agree to one-year deal". NFL.com. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  19. ^ Phillips, Rob (September 2, 2017). "Cowboys Make 38 Moves, One Trade To Reach 53; Kellen Moore Released". DallasCowboys.com.
  20. ^ Sessler, Marc (April 20, 2018). "Journeyman QB Luke McCown retiring from NFL". NFL.com.
  21. ^ "Luke McCown". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  22. ^ "Walking By Faith: Luke McCown". Archived from the original on September 5, 2015.
  23. ^ Owens, Shannon (August 4, 2007). "Try, Try Again". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  24. ^ A better network as explained by backup quarterback Luke McCown on YouTube
  25. ^ "Saints QB Luke McCown throws for 310 yards, INT in loss". CBSSports.com. Retrieved June 27, 2019.

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