Quarterback U



July 19, 2004

When Green Wave quarterback J.P. Losman was selected with the 22nd pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, it put the Tulane University football program in some elite company nationally. Tulane became just one of four schools to send its last three starting quarterbacks to the next level as Losman joined Shaun King and Patrick Ramsey at the next level.

King started the current streak when he was selected by the Tampa Bay Bucs in the second round with the 50th pick overall. The starting quarterback for the Green Wave from 1996-98, King led Tulane to a perfect 12-0 season in 1998. He set an NCAA record for passing efficiency that seasons with a rating of 183.3. The St. Petersburg, Fla. native spent four seasons with the Bucs before signing with the Arizona Cardinals as a free agent in 2004.

Ramsey succeeded King as the Wave's signal caller in 1999 and went on to set nearly every Tulane passing record during his three years as a starter. A product of Ruston, La., Ramsey became Tulane's first first-round selection since Tommy Mason in 1961 when the Redskins made him the 32nd pick of the first round in the 2002 draft.

After starting several games as a rookie in 2002, Ramsey was Washington's starting quarterback a year ago despite missing several games with injuries.

Losman spent the past two seasons as Tulane's starting quarterback where he led the Green Wave to an 8-4 season and the 2002 Hawaii Bowl while throwing for more than 6,000 career yards and 60 touchdowns. Losman, who came to Tulane from Venice, Calif., holds the Tulane record for lowest interception percentage. He was chosen with the 22nd pick in the 2004 draft by the Buffalo Bills, becoming Tulane's highest draft choice since Mason.

With its last three starting quarterbacks competing for NFL starting positions, Tulane is one of just five schools nationwide to have sent at least its last three signal-callers to the next level.