Cowan to start per the LA Times:Patrick Cowan will start at quarterback against Florida State in the Emerald Bowl, Coach Karl Dorrell said Friday, ending speculation that Ben Olson might take back the job.
"We think that he's deserving of that at this time," Dorrell said of Cowan. "He finished the season 3-0 and he was the most valuable player in our last game."
Cowan took over as the starter when Olson tore a knee ligament Oct. 7 against Arizona. He has started the last seven games and was instrumental in UCLA's upset over No. 2 USC on Dec. 2, when he rushed for a team-high 72 yards and a touchdown.
As for being named the starter in the Dec. 27 Emerald Bowl, Cowan said he would have practiced the same way no matter who was starting.
"It's nice to know, but it wouldn't have changed any work I put into the game," he said.
Dorrell said that Cowan and Olson, both sophomores, would compete for the starting job again next season.
The speculation ends here as St. Patrick gets the start against Florida State in the Emerald Bowl. It also looks like KD will make it an open competition for the starting spot next year, which can only be a good thing.