Still, the Bruins played much of this year with freshmen Matt Moore and Drew Olson after Paus broke his ankle Oct. 19. There's the lingering thought that Losman could have been an experienced senior at UCLA with a more talented cast around him. Maybe he could have been the All-American he and his family dreamed of.
Perhaps it could have affected Toledo's future as well. Since that 10-2 season with McNown in 1998, the Bruins have been 24-22.
"We'll never know, huh?" Losman said with a chuckle.
The Losman File
A look at Tulane junior quarterback J.P. Losman:
2002: Threw 13 touchdown passes with only two interceptions and two 300-yard games during Tulane's four-game winning streak; Completed 58% of his passes; Ranks sixth all-time at Tulane in total offense, pass completions and touchdown passes and seventh in pass attempts and yards.
2001: Played in three games as the backup to current Washington Redskin quarterback Patrick Ramsey; Made his only start against Army with Ramsey injured, throwing for 384 yards and three touchdowns.