Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Richard Kovalcheck
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 03, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Arizona: 1L ... Expected to be the top candidate for the starting job at quarterback entering the 2005 fall training camp ... Had back surgery in the spring, which prevented him from participating in spring ball  ... Took over the starting quarterback role for UA in the final four games of 2004 ... Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention ... Selected to The Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman Team ... Ended his redshirt freshman year with a passing efficiency rating of 109.35 ... Completed 67-of-136 pass attempts for 880 yards, for a 49.3 percent completion rate ... Had six touchdowns and six interceptions ... Averaged 176.0 yards per game ... Earned the territorial Cup MVP after he finished the ASU game 17-of-31 for a career-best 239 yards and three touchdowns ... Finished the USC game 15-of-32 for 165 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions ... Was 11-of-25 for 164 yards at Washington ... In the same game, had a career-long pass of 50 yards ... Was 19-of-38 for 235 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions vs. Oregon State ... Saw first collegiate action at Oregon when he relieved starter Kris Heavner ... Finished the game 5-of-10 for 77 yards and one touchdown ... Good showing during 2004 spring practice, as he completed 15-of-22 passes for 172 yards in the scrimmages ... Redshirted for the Wildcats in 2003 and directed the offensive scout team for much of the season ... One of two highly regarded prep quarterbacks that the Wildcats signed in 2003.


High School: St. Augustine High School, San Diego, Calif., 2003 ... Completed his senior season for coach Jerry Ralph with 2,600 yards passing and 19 touchdowns in leading St. Augustine to the CIF San Diego Section championship game ... Threw for more than 7,000 yards and 70 touchdowns in his career at St. Augustine ... Played on defense his senior year ... Earned Best in the West second-team honors from the Long Beach Press-Telegram, with six votes ... Prep Football Report All-America honoree ... Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 ... PrepStar All-West ... SuperPrep All-Farwest, No. 47 ... First-team All-Eastern League ... All-San Diego Section second-team honors from the San Diego Union-Tribune ... four-star rating, Rivals California 100 listing at No. 35, and Student Sports rating as the No. 11 QB ... Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report Top 100, and listed as the No. 11 QB ... Right knee injury slowed his career in 2001 ...  Played in Global Junior Championship game for Team USA in come-from-behind 28-21 victory ... Four-year Honor Roll student, with Advanced Placement studies in English and mathematics ... National Football Foundation/Hall of Fame scholar-athlete honors his senior year, with a 3.66 grade point average ... San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic Athletic Award ... Distinguished Student honor at annual Principal's Banquet.


Personal: Academic major is business management ... Recipient of the 2003 Academic Champion award ... Son of Dick and Ella Kovalcheck of San Diego ... Mother is a registered nurse and father owns and operates the renowned Pennant tavern in South Mission Beach ... Mom is a University of San Diego graduate and Dad is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara ...  Dad played football and rugby at UCSB in late 1960s ... Sister, Cece, is active in volleyball ... More than 100 hours of community service working with disabled children ... Lists hobbies as surfing, horseshoes, golf and hoops ... Coached under-12 flag football team ... Date of birth: Oct. 1, 1984, San Diego, Calif.

Kovalcheck's Career Stats

Year G-GS Att-Comp-Int Yard TD Pct Rating
2004 5-4 136-67-6 880 6 49.3 109.35
2005 - - - - - -
2006 - - - - - -
2007 - - - - - -
Totals 5-4 136-67-6 880 6 49.3 109.35

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