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#12 Bobby Newcombe
Position: Quarterback
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 195
Year: Junior
City/State: Albuquerque, N.M.
High School: Highland
  • Selected in the sixth round of the 2001 NFL Draft by Arizona
  • Graduated with Degree in Business Management in Three Years
  • Mosi Tatupu Special Teams Award Finalist (1 of 5)
  • School Record for Longest Punt Return in a Game (94 yards vs. Missouri, 2000)
  • Second on NU's All-Time Punt Return Yards List (829)
  • 2000 Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Missouri
  • 2000 Three-Time Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week Nominee (vs. Missouri, Baylor, Kansas)
  • 2000 Honorable-Mention All-Big12 All-Purpose (AP)
  • 1999 First-Team All-Big 12 Punt Returner (San Antonio News Express)
  • 1999 Second-Team All-Big 12 Punt Returner (Coaches)
  • 1999 Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Kansas
  • Two-Time Brook Berringer Citizenship Team Member (1999, 2000)
  • 1998 Honorable-Mention Academic All-Big 12
  • 1997 School Record for Season Punt Return Average (20.33)
  • Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll (1997, 2000)

A big-play athlete, Bobby Newcombe (pronounced NEW-come) finished his career ranked second on Nebraska's all-time punt return list with 829 career yards, including a school-record 94-yard punt return for a touchdown in Nebraska's win over Missouri in 2000.  Newcombe's return bettered the 92-yard return by Husker Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers against Oklahoma State in 1971 and tied a Big 12 Conference record held by three other players.

Newcombe, who was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2001 NFL Draft, ranked 15th nationally as a senior in punt return average with 14.6 yards per return.  His blazing speed (1.50 electronic 10-yard dash, 4.46 electronic 40) helped him produce four career punt returns for touchdowns.  He finished 1999 at No.2 nationally in punt returns, averaging 18.38 yards per return, which ranked sixth all time at NU, while Newcombe's 20.3 yards per punt return in 1997 ranked third.

Along with the 94-yarder, Newcombe scored on a 60-yard return in the 2000 Fiesta Bowl against Tennessee, and 86-yard return against Kansas in 1999 and a 53-yard return against Iowa State in 1997.  He finished his career averaging 17.3 yards per return.

Newcombe finished with 973 career passing yards, 489 career rushing yards, 829 punt return yards, 660 receiving yards and 54 kickoff return yards.  He posted 1,463 career total offensive yards, 15 TDs and 2,032 career all-purpose yards with 19 scores.

Newcombe ranks 22nd all-time at Nebraska in passing yardage and finished tied for 23rd at Nebraska with 45 career receptions, making him the only player in Husker history to rank among the top 25 in both passing and receptions.  He ranks 36th in scoring with 114 points.

Rushing

Year

G/S

Att.

 

 

Net

Y/A

Y/G

Long

TDs

1997

12/0

16

 

 

156

9.8

13.0

 

1

1998

6/6

83

 

 

228

2.7

38.0

 

8

1999

12/4

37

 

 

87

2.4

7.3

 

3

2000

11/6

9

 

 

18

2.0

1.6

 

0

Totals 41/16 145 489 3.4 11.9 25 vs. KSU, 1997 12 

Passing

Year

G/S

Att.

Cmp.

Int.

Pct.

Yds.

Y/A

Y/G

LP

TD

Eff.R.

1997

12/0

1

1

0

100.0

15

15.0

1.3

15

0

226.0

1998

6/6

79

50

1

63.3

712

9.0

118.7

49 

1

140.6

1999

12/4

19

11

1

57.9

246

13.0

20.5

60

2

190.86

2000

0/0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

30/10

99

62

2

62.6

973

9.8

32.4

60

3

150.3

Receiving    

Year

G/S

No.

Yds.

Y/R

Y/G

Long

TDs

1997

12/0

7

173

24.7

14.4

 

1

1998

6/6

0

0

0.0

0.0

 

0

1999

12/4

19

238

12.5

19.8

 

1

2000

11/6

19

249

13.1

22.6

 

1

Totals 41/16 45 660 14.7 16.1 58 vs. NW, 2000 3

Punt Returns                              

Year

No.

Yds.

TDs

APR

 

Long

 

1997

12

244

1

20.3

 

 

 

1998

0

0

0

0.0

 

 

 

1999

16

294

1

18.4

 

 

 

2000

20

291

1

14.6

 

 

 

Totals 48 829 3 17.3 94 vs. Missouri, 2000

1998 Orange Bowl vs. Tennessee: Receiving 1-22; Punt Returns 2-22, long of 11; Rushing 3-16
1998 Holiday Bowl vs. Arizona: DNP-Injured
2000 Fiesta Bowl vs. Tennessee: Receiving 2-5-0; Punt Returns 3-69-1 (60 yard TD)
2000 Alamo Bowl vs. Northwestern: Rushing 1-5; Receiving 1-58-1; Passing 1-1-0-10; Punt Returns 3-43
 
Kickoff Returns - 3-54-0
Rushing Attempts - 23 vs. Texas A&M, 1998
Net Yards Rushing - 79 vs. Washington, 1998
Long Rush - 25 vs. Kansas State, Texas A&M, 1997
Long TD Rush - 16 vs. Iowa State, 1997
Most TDs Rushing - 3 vs. Washington, 1998
Pass Attempts - 27 vs. Texas A&M, 1998
Completions - 15 vs. Texas A&M, 1998
Yards Passing - 204 vs. Texas A&M, 1998
Longest Pass/TD Pass - 69 (to Matt Davison) vs. Northwestern, 2000
Most Receptions - 5-26 vs. Oklahoma, 2000
Most Receiving Yards - 4-89 vs. Kansas, 1999
Long Reception/TD - 58 vs. Northwestern, 2000
Career Rushes of 25-Plus Yards - 2; 2in 1997
Career Passes of 25-Plus Yards - 10; 0 in 1997, 7 in 1998, 4 in 1999
Career Punt Returns of 25-Plus Yards - 11; 4 in 1997, 0 in 1998, 5 in 1999, 2 in 2000
Career Receptions of 25-Plus yards - 11; 5 in 1997, 0 in 1998, 3 in 1999, 3 in 2000
Career 100-Yard Passing Games - 4; 3 in 1998 (168 vs. Louisiana Tech, 112 vs. Oklahoma State, 204 vs. Texas A&M); 1 in 1999 (128 vs. Iowa)

 

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