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.
2000: Saw action in 10 games, completing 58 of 115 passes for 722 yards. Also rushed 59 times for 133 yards, third on the team; Selected as the top freshman quarterback in Conference USA.
1999: Redshirted, but did not lose a year of eligibility; Graduated early from high school and spent the spring 1999 semester at UCLA before transferring to Tulane.
High school: A 1999 graduate of Venice High where he lettered for three years; Earned Parade All-America honors and was rated the No. 3 quarterback in the nation by PrepStar Magazine.
Personal: The son of Greg and Tricia Losman; Majoring in humanities.