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Quan Cosby, WR

Height: 5-09 | Weight: 196 | College: Texas
 
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Overview

The elder statesman for the Longhorns, Cosby's 26 years put him in almost a default leadership position. But leaders also need to produce on the field, and Cosby has done that. An all-purpose threat in the previous two seasons, he excelled as a go-to guy for QB Colt McCoy in 2008, garnering honorable mention All-Big 12 honors after making 92 catches for 1,123 yards and 10 scores.

Cosby played four years of minor league baseball (receiving an $825,000 signing bonus from the Angels) before finally matriculating to Texas. His penchant for the big play - including the game winner against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl - could force teams to consider him in the late rounds even if he is older and smaller than they'd prefer.

Analysis

Positives: Short, but has a compact, athletic build. Good quickness off the snap to avoid press coverage. At least adequate straight-line speed. Savvy route-runner who varies his speed and can sneak behind the defense deep. Can drop his hips and shows good burst out of his break to generate separation. Secure hands. Looks the ball into his hands and secures it quickly. Best attribute might be his body control. Times his leaps extraordinarily well to reach the ball at its highest level and can lay out to make the spectacular grab. Fierce competitor who makes plays on the ball despite being out-sized. Averaged 23.7 yards per kickoff return and 11.7 per punt return, with one score on each, over his career. Good character and mature; a husband and father.

Negatives: Measured in considerably smaller than expected at the Senior Bowl. Lacks the height scouts prefer on the outside and may struggle with the adjustment inside, where his body control and leaping ability is minimized. Older than most NFL rookies (26) due to his time playing minor league baseball. May lack the straight-line speed to challenge deep in the NFL.

2008 Season

Started all 13 games at wide receiver while also returning punts and kickoffs … along with fellow WR Jordan Shipley, became part of the top single-season receiving duo in both receptions and yards, combining to post 181 receptions for 2,183 yards … a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist … tabbed second-team All-Big 12 by The Associated Press, Austin American-Statesman, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Waco Tribune-Herald and honorable mention All-Big 12 by the league's coaches … a first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection … caught 92 passes (No. 2 on UT's single-season list) for 1,123 yards (No. 3 on UT's single-season list) and 10 TDs (T-No. 4 on UT's single-season list) … caught a pass in all 13 games and at least six passes in 10 of 13 games … posted four 100-yard receiving games and tallied six games with 80 or more receiving yards … returned 17 kickoffs for 350 yards … also returned six punts for 38 yards … compiled 1,511 all-purpose yards on 115 plays (13.1 ypp) … recorded three receptions for 34 yards against FAU … led the team with eight catches for 154 yards and a TD at UTEP … added a 16-yard punt return against the Miners … tallied a team-high seven receptions for 90 yards and a TD versus Rice … totaled 168 all-purpose yards against the Owls.

Posted five catches for 67 yards and a TD against Arkansas … totaled 130 all-purpose yards versus the Razorbacks … led the squad in receptions and finished with nine catches for 71 yards at Colorado … recorded nine receptions for a team-high 122 yards against No. 1 Oklahoma … added three kickoff returns for 54 yards versus the Sooners … hauled in seven catches for 74 yards in a win over No. 11 Missouri … added three kickoff returns for 73 yards against the Tigers and surpassed Mike Adams to become the UT all-time leader in career kickoff return yards … along with Colt McCoy, became the UT all-time leading duo for completions between a QB and a WR in that game … posted eight receptions for 76 yards and a TD against No. 6 Oklahoma State … added four kickoff returns for 70 yards against the Cowboys … notched two receptions and a 23-yard kickoff return at No. 7 Texas Tech despite missing most of the game with a back injury … returned the next week to post a team-high eight catches for 111 yards and two TDs against Baylor … led the receiving corps with six catches for 70 yards and a TD at Kansas … caught six passes for 80 yards and a TD versus Texas A&M … posted career highs in both receptions (14) and yards (171) to go along with two TDs in UT's 24-21 victory over No. 10 Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl … the 14 receptions were a UT bowl record and the 171 receiving yards were the second most in a bowl game in UT history.

2007 Season

Played in all 13 games, starting 11 … tabbed second-team All-Big 12 by The Associated Press, Austin American-Statesman and San Antonio Express-News as a returner … named honorable mention All-Big 12 by the league's coaches … earned the Longhorn Club Sportsmanship Award … was named one of UT's Most Consistent Offensive Players and one of the Frank Denius Most Valuable Special Teams Players … posted 60 catches (No. 6 on UT's single-season list) for 680 yards and five TDs … returned 42 kickoffs (No. 1 on UT's single-season list) for 1,017 yards (No. 1 on UT's single-season list), including a 91-yard TD, for a 24.2 ypr average (No. 7 on UT's single season list) … also returned 19 punts for 178 yards (9.4 ypr) … ranked 34th nationally after averaging 144.2 all-purpose yards per game … posted at least 180 all-purpose yards in six-of-13 games … tallied at least three receptions in 10-of-13 games and at least five receptions in eight-of-13 … posted five receptions for 29 yards and a 30-yard punt return against Arkansas State … hauled in six passes for 51 yards versus No. 19 TCU … set a career high in receptions by catching 10 passes for 67 yards, while tallying 196 all-purpose yards, at UCF … totaled five receptions for 66 yards and a TD versus Rice … compiled 186 all-purpose yards against Kansas State, including two receptions for 33 yards and a TD and five kickoff returns for 124 yards … recorded three receptions for 37 yards, while tallying 188 all-purpose yards, against No. 10 Oklahoma … caught five balls for 46 yards and a TD at Iowa State … hauled in five receptions for 30 yards at Baylor … led the receiving corps with five receptions for 113 yards, including a season-long 36-yarder, in a victory over Nebraska … totaled 190 all-purpose yards against the Huskers … returned four kickoffs for 87 yards and tallied four receptions for 47 yards at Oklahoma State … hauled in eight passes for 94 yards and a career-high two TDs against Texas Tech, while posting 185 all-purpose yards … added 182 all-purpose yards, including a 91-yard kickoff return TD, at Texas A&M … added a 55-yard reception, a 21-yard punt return and four kickoff returns for 73 yards against Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl.

2006 Season

Appeared in all 13 games, starting nine … earned UT's Coca-Cola Community Service Award … caught 45 passes for 525 yards and two TDs … caught at least one pass in all 13 games … returned 13 kickoffs for 334 yards (25.7 ypr) and two punts for 64 yards (32.0 ypr), including a 55-yard TD return … registered 923 all-purpose yards on 60 plays (15.4 ypp) … posted a reception, kick return and punt return of at least 50 yards … also completed one pass for 34 yards … opened the season with two catches for 20 yards and one punt return for nine yards against North Texas … caught three passes for 22 yards against No. 1 Ohio State … had one catch for 21 yards at Rice … completed first career pass for 34 yards, notched one catch for 13 yards and had two kickoff returns for 41 yards against Iowa State.

Returned a punt 55 yards for a TD and caught four passes for 37 yards against Sam Houston State … added a reception for 16 yards against No. 14 Oklahoma … posted two receptions for 24 yards in a victory over Baylor … totaled three receptions for 28 yards and one TD at No. 17 Nebraska after opening the game with a 78-yard kickoff return … established a career-high with seven receptions for 79 yards and one TD at Texas Tech … caught four balls for a career-high 101 yards against Oklahoma State … hauled in three passes for 38 yards at Kansas State … matched his career high with seven catches for 67 yards against Texas A&M … added seven more receptions for 59 yards in the Alamo Bowl versus Iowa.

2005 Season

Played in all 13 games, starting three, at flanker … posted 15 receptions for 270 yards and two TDs in 2005 … also chipped in on special teams, returning six punts for 92 yards (15.3 ypr) … tallied three catches for 25 yards in the first eight games before notching 12 catches for 245 yards and two TDs in the final five games … recorded the first catch of his career against La.-Lafayette … had one reception against Rice and Texas Tech … posted two receptions for 79 yards, including a 55-yard TD reception, against Baylor.

Made one catch against Kansas, but it was a career-long 64-yard reception that went for his second TD of the season … caught three passes for 34 yards in Texas' victory at Texas A&M … posted a career-high four receptions for 52 yards in the Big 12 Championship game against Colorado … made two receptions for 16 yards in Texas' 41-38 victory over USC for the National Championship … returned the first punt of his career in the first game against Colorado for 10 yards … brought back three punts for a total of 68 yards against Texas Tech, including a 38-yarder to the Tech eight-yard line that set up a TD … returned one punt for 12 yards against Kansas.

2004 Season

Drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the sixth round of the 2001 draft … an outfielder who played four seasons in the Angels' farm system, two in Rookie League and two at Class A … hit .260 in 340 career games … played for the Class A Cedar Rapids Kernels of the Midwest League from 2003-04 … hit .249 with 34 RBI, five home runs, 12 triples, eight doubles and 24 stolen bases in 119 games in 2004 … hit .249 with four doubles, 21 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 104 games in 2003 … played for the Provo Angels of the Pioneer League in 2002 … hit .302 with nine doubles, 29 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 76 games that year … opened his career with the Angels of the Arizona League in 2001 … played in 41 games and hit .243 with eight RBI and eight stolen bases.

Baseball

Drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the sixth round of the 2001 draft … an outfielder who played four season in the Angels farm system, two in Rookie League and two at Class A … hit .260 in 340 career games … played for the Class A Cedar Rapids Kernels of the Midwest League from 2003-04 … hit .249 with 34 RBI, five home runs, 12 triples, eight doubles and 24 stolen bases in 119 games in 2004 … hit .249 with four doubles, 21 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 104 games in 2003 … played for the Provo Angels of the Pioneer League in 2002 … hit .302 with nine doubles, 29 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 76 games that year … opened his career with the Angels of the Arizona League in 2001 … played in 41 games and hit .243 with eight RBI and eight stolen bases.

High School

Coached by Terry Cron at Mart High … former two-time all-state football player who signed with Texas originally in 2001, but elected to play minor league baseball … a second-team All-USA selection by USA Today at quarterback in 2000 … a two-time first-team 2A all-state selection at quarterback and defensive back … led his team to the 2A Div. II State Championship game as a junior and senior, winning as a junior … recorded 6,177 yards of total offense and produced 85 TDs (55 rush/30 pass) in his final two prep seasons … tabbed the 2A Texas Offensive Player of the Year and first-team all-state after registering 3,329 yards of total offense and 42 TDs as a senior … Rushed for 1,924 yards and 29 TDs and completed 91-of-173 passes for 1,405 yards and 13 TDs … also was tabbed first-team 2A all-state as a defensive back and a kick returner … had 161 tackles and five interceptions (one returned for a TD) … averaged 29.6 yards on eight kickoff returns and 26.2 yards on 19 punt returns … returned one kickoff and five punts for TDs … tallied 2,848 yards of total offense and led his team to a 15-0 record and the 2A Div. II State Championship as a junior … rushed for 1,532 and 26 TDs and threw for 1,316 yards and 17 TDs … returned nine kicks for TDs (seven punts, two kickoffs) … posted seven interceptions on defense … finished prep career with 480 tackles and 21 career INTs … hit .479 with three home runs and 33 RBI as a senior in baseball … stole 81-of-82 bases as a junior and senior … 2001 2A state champion in both the 100m (10.46) and 200m (21.31) in track.

Personal

Born 12/23/1982 in Waco, Texas … active in UT's community service program … is part of a group of Longhorns that regularly visits patients at the Austin Children's Hospital … read to children at schools and volunteered with the inner-city communities through minor league baseball … organized a meet and greet with members of The Rise School of Austin and clients of The Arc of the Capital Area, giving over 200 disabled children a chance to meet the Longhorns … enjoys working out and playing video games … brother, Richard Green, played football (running back) for Howard Payne University (1997-2000) … twin brother, Quincy, played football (running back) at Baylor (2003).

 
 
Latest News
04/30/2009 - Quan Cosby, who ran a 4.48 40 at the NFL Combine, told Orangebloods.com Wednesday he disputes a report quoting a Dallas Cowboys source who claims Cosby failed a physical leading up to the NFL Draft. Randy Galloway, of 103.3 ESPN Radio in Dallas and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reported a Cowboys source told him Cosby failed a physical. But Galloway said the source didn't tell him the cause of the failed physical. "I find that very interesting because I didn't take a specific physical for them (the Cowboys)," Cosby told OB. "I took the one at the combine. I pretty much took the same physical everyone else took. "They didn't call me back in or ask for MRIs or anything like that. Maybe it was a situation where maybe they are realizing that in this state, they passed up on a lot of Texas boys for whatever reason, and maybe they are trying cover for that a little bit." Cosby said he called an NFL source of his to ask if he had shown any red flags on his physical at the combine, and Cosby said the source told him his physical was fine. "I think their (the Cowboys') definition of a medical red flag could mean anything from my height (5-9) or my age (26)," Cosby said. "As far as physically, it's pretty hard to fail a physical and run 4.4. This is the first I've heard of it. I have no idea what they're talking about." Cosby has agreed to a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. He'll report to mini-camp next month. - Chip Brown, Orangebloods.com

04/27/2009 - Wide receiver Quan Cosby, who was featured on ESPN's broadcast on Sunday, will sign a rookie free agent contract with the Bengals and be at minicamp this weekend. Cosby caught the game-winning touchdown for Texas in its Fiesta Bowl win over Ohio State on Jan. 5. - Cincinnati.com

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