Holcomb Named Starter; NFL Notes

August 18, 2003 · MT Media Relations

Former Middle Tennessee quarterback Kelly Holcomb got the word on Sunday from Cleveland Browns head coach Butch Davis that he would be the starting quarterback when the season gets underway in three weeks. The Browns open against Indianapolis, Holcomb's former team, on Sept. 7.


The 30-year-old Holcomb, who has been a career backup signal-caller, has completed 14 of 21 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns in Cleveland's two preseason games.


Holcomb, who played for the Blue Raiders from 1991-94, is second all-time at Middle Tennessee in passing yards, completions, attempts, and passing yards per game. A four-year starter for the Blue Raiders, Holcomb guided MT to three playoff appearances in four years.

OTHER NFL NOTES: Rookie Dallas Cowboys running back ReShard Lee, who has shown flashes of promise throughout training camp, went down with a knee injury in the fourth quarter of Friday's game against the Texans. However, the injury is not as significant as was originally feared. Lee will undergo arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, and will likely be out 2-4 weeks, according to the team's website ... Titans running back Dwone Hicks led the team in rushing on Saturday against Buffalo with 53 yards on seven carries. Hicks, who coach Jeff Fisher told The Tennessean "helped himself against Buffalo" is the team's rushing leader through two preseason games ... Former Blue Raider Kendall Newson hauled in a catch for six yards against the Jaguars.

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