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Cougar town: Philly becomes Kevin Kolb's team with McNabb trade
I saw Kevin Kolb play in college, but he didn't really make an impression on me. I was too busy cheering from the stands as my beloved Rice handed the University of Houston a tough loss in his first game as a starter in 2004.
Of course, Kolb recovered, and then some. In three seasons as a starter at Houston, Kolb threw for 9,833 yards and 60 touchdowns, leading the Cougars to two bowl games before being drafted in the second round by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2007.
And now, with Eagles coach Andy Reid confirming longtime Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb's trade to Washington, all eyes are on Kolb, a native of Stephenville, Texas, as the starting quarterback of one of the NFL's marquee teams.
Since joining the team, Kolb has mostly ridden the bench behind McNabb (and occasionally also watched as Michael Vick took Wildcat snaps), though Kolb has the impressive distinction of being the first QB to throw for over 300 yards in each of his first (and so-far-only) NFL starts last year.
Of course, as the Philadephia Inquirer noted last week, "If Donovan McNabb is traded, Kevin Kolb will go from being the most popular Eagles player in town to being the starting quarterback." Reid's faith in him is a great start, but we'll just have to wait and see if Kolb has the skills and fortitude to make it in primetime. Vick now moves up from third-string to the backup, hovering over Kolb's shoulder.
As for me, well, Kolb fandom just isn't in the cards. When the Eagles come to Texas, I'll be rooting really hard — for the Cowboys.
What do you think, though, Cougar fans and others who've watched Kolb more closely? Does he have what it takes to be an NFL star?