Pick #3: Texas QB Vince Young
By Jeff Fuqua
April 29th, 2006, 11:35
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After months of speculation, the Tennessee Titans have chosen Texas QB Vince Young with the third pick of the 2006 NFL Draft.
Young was a three-year starter for Texas and named the Big 12 Player of the Year last season. He was also honored as the nation's top player with the Maxwell Award. Passing numbers included 65.2%/3,036/26/10 with a team-leading 155/1,050/10 on the ground. Combined for 467 total yards during the Longhorns National Championship victory over USC. He led Texas to victory on eight different occasions when the team was trailing or tied at halftime, including five fourth-quarter drives.
Young is a rare athlete with as much upside as any quarterback drafted in the history of the NFL. Besides his physical tools, he has a solid character and a good work ethic. He has the ability to get rid of the ball very quickly with a good zip on his passes but also can buy time in the pocket with his scrambling skills. He is always a threat to make a big play with his feet. He's proven to be a tough player by taking a lot of punishment and producing in clutch time.
Many issues have been raised of Young's passing motion. Though side-arm and raw, he appears to have a quick release and can make accurate deep passes when he strides into the pass. He also mainly played in a option passing attack offense from the shotgun and will need to gain experience in a drop back, pro-style passing offense.
The biggest area of concern is Young's ability to read defenses. His wonderlic test score caused his stock to drop in the eyes of many who felt it re-enforced the theory that Young may not have the mental skills need to run a complex offense at the pro level.
Though Young has the underlying skills to be a franchise quarterback for the Titans, he may require a large amount of work to realize his potential. The choice of Young may point to a deal being worked out with his mentor, Steve McNair, while offensive coordinator Norm Chow and QB coach Craig Johnson begin the process of coaching him up to step in at some point during the 2007 season.
The following is a full bio provided by NFL.com:
Having led the Longhorns to their first national title since 1970, Vince decided it was time to test his wares at the next level by declaring for the 2006 NFL Draft. A truly gifted athlete with the size of a linebacker and the speed of a sprinter, Young hopes that some pro team will realize he is best when allowed to improvise.
Young was a three-year starter at quarterback who accounted for 7,624 yards from scrimmage during his career at Madison High School. He was named Parade and Student Sports National Player of the Year as a senior. The 2001 Texas 5A Offensive Player of the Year was listed as The Sporting News’ top high school prospect after he helped lead the team to a 14-1 record, 50.3 points per game and a berth in the Texas 5A Division II state semifinals. He played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after his final season, winning the Pete Dawkins Trophy after leading the West squad to a 26-6 triumph.
As a senior, Vince completed 131-of-224 passes for 2,545 yards, 35 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He rushed for 1,274 yards on 116 carries with 24 scores and amassed 3,819 yards in total offense and 59 touchdowns that year. He completed 18-of-30 passes for 400 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 92 yards on 18 carries and a score vs. Austin Westlake in the 2001 state semifinals.
Young was named the District Offensive Player of the Year as a junior, when he connected on 78-of-135 passes for 1,309 yards and 16 touchdowns. He added 760 yards and 14 scores on the ground, as the offense averaged nearly 49 points per game that year. He hit on 62 passes for 1,006 yards and 10 touchdowns and also netted 730 rushing yards as a sophomore.
Vince was a four-year letter-winner and two-time All-District selection in basketball, averaging over 20 points per game while competing as a guard/forward. He lettered three times in track, where he was a member of two District Champion 400-meter relay squads. Young also played the outfield and pitched for the baseball team for two years.
After redshirting in 2002 at Texas, Vince started the team’s final seven games in 2003. He was named Big Twelve Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches and Associated Press Big Twelve Newcomer of the Year. He became the first player in school history to run and throw for over 900 yards in a season. Vince connected on 84-of-143 passes (58.7%) for 1,155 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions. He added 998 yards and eleven scores on 135 carries (7.4 avg), finishing the year with 2,153 yards in total offense.
The following season, Vince beat out Chance Mock for the starting job. Young hit on 148-of-250 passes for 1,849 yards and twelve touchdowns, but also three eleven interceptions. He also rushed 167 times for 1,079 yards (led the NCAA quarterbacks) and fourteen scores to become the first player in UT history to pass and rush for 1000+ yards in a season. He led all Division I NCAA quarterbacks with 89.9 rushing yards per game and his 6.5 yards per carry ranked fifth nationally among the nation’s top rushers.
In 2005, Vince was named Cingular/ABC Sports All-America Player of the Year while winning the Davey O’Brien, Award and Maxwell Award. He added conference Offensive Player of the Year honors and was a consensus first-team All-American. He ranked third in the nation in points responsible for (18.0 ppg) and passing efficiency (163.9) while his average of 314.3 yards per game in total offense ran ked sixth. He connected on 212-of-325 throws (65.2%) for 3,036 yards, 26 touchdowns and ten interceptions. He also led the team with 1,050 yards and twelve scores on 155 carries while racking up 4,086 total yards.
In 37 games with the Longhorns, Vince started 32 times. He finished his career with 6,040 yards on 444-of-718 passes (61.8%) with 44 touchdowns and 28 interceptions. He added 3,127 yards with 37 scores on 457 carries (6.8 avg) and amassed 9,167 yards in total offense. His 3,127 yards and 37 touchdowns on the ground set school career-records for quarterbacks.
Since taking over as the Longhorns’ starting quarterback, Vince compiled a 30-2 record for Texas (93.75 winning percentage ranks sixth in NCAA history)…Became the fifth player in NCAA annals to pass and rush for over 200 points in his career…Only player in Division 1-A annals to gain over 250 yards passing and 250 yards rushing in the same game (2005 vs. Oklahoma State)…Led come-from-behind victories when Texas was tied or trailed at halftime eight times and directed six fourth-quarter comebacks during his career…Has rushed or passed for a touchdown in 33 of his 37 career games…Owns four of the top seven single-game QB rushing performances in UT history including the school game-record 267 yards and posted the longest touchdown run by a quarterback in Texas history with an 80-yarder at Oklahoma State (2005)…Led Texas to points on 198-of-the-374 drives (52.9%) he has directed (167 touchdowns and 31 field goals)…Has 43 career runs of 20 or more yards (seven of 51+)…His 6,040 yards passing rank fifth in school history behind Chris Simms (7,097 from 1999-2002), Peter Gardere (7,396 from 1989-92), James Brown (7,638 from 1994-97) and Major Applewhite (8,353 from 1998-2001)…His 44 touchdown passes rank fourth in Texas annals, topped only by Applewhite (60), Simms (58) and Brown (53)…Finished his career with 9,167 yards in total offense, breaking the previous school careerrecord of 8,059 yards by Applewhite…His 3,127 yards rushing not only set a school all-time record for quarterbacks, but also ranks fifth overall on Texas’ record books behind Ricky Williams (6,279 from 1995-98), Cedric Benson (5,540 from 2001-04), Earl Campbell (4,443 from 1974-77) and Chris Gilbert (3,231 from 1966-68)…His 81 touchdowns responsible for (37 rushing, 44 passing), broke the old school record of 76 by Williams.
Consensus All-American and All-Big Twelve Conference first-team selection…Named Cingular/ABC Sports All-America Player of the Year…Davey O'Brien Award (nation’s top quarterback) and Maxwell Award (nation’s top player) recipient…Finished second in the voting for the Heisman Trophy…Chosen Big Twelve Conference Offensive Player of the Year (unanimous)…Earned a spot on the eleven-member American Football Coaches Association Good Works team due to his work with charitable organizations and his involvement in community service efforts…Ranked third in the nation in passing efficiency (163.9) and points responsible for (18.0 ppg)…Sixth in the NCAA Division 1-A ranks with an average of 314.3 yards per game in total offense…Finished 60th in the 1-A ranks with an average of 16.31 pass completions per game…Completed 212-of-325 passes (65.2%) for 3,036 yards, 26 touchdowns and ten interceptions…Joined Chris Simms (3,207 in 2002) and Major Applewhite (3,357 in 1999) as the only Longhorns to throw for over 3,000 yards in a season…Only Simms (214 in 2001 and 235 in 2002) and Applewhite (271 in 1999) completed more passes in a season at Texas…His 26 scoring strikes tied Simms (2002) for the school season-record…Set the UT season-record for quarterbacks and became the first passer in Texas annals to lead the team in rushing, gaining 1,050 yards with twelve scores on 155 carries (6.8 avg)…Became the 20th player in school history to gain over 1,000 yards on the ground…Participated in 480 plays, amassing a school seasonrecord 4,086 yards, shattering the previous mark of 3,357 by Applewhite in 1999…Texas has scored on 90 of Young's 152 drives (59.2%) in 2005, including 76 touchdowns.
Listed on the Walter Camp Player of the Year, Maxwell Award and Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award watch lists…Earned honorable mention All-Big Twelve Conference honors from the league’s coaches and the Associated Press…Named second-team All-Big Twelve by the Dallas Morning News…Earned MVP honors of the 2005 Rose Bowl and named to the All-Bowl Team by ESPN, Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News…Started all 12 games…Hit on 148-of- 250 passes for 1,849 yards, twelve touchdowns and eleven interceptions…Led the nation’s quarterbacks with 1,079 yards on 167 carries (6.5 avg), producing fourteen scores…Became the first player in UT history to pass and rush for 1000+ yards…His 6.5 yards per carry ranked fifth nationally among the top 100 rushers… Became the first Texas QB to rush for 100+ yards in four games during a season…Led Texas to scores on 61 (49 TDs/12 FGs) of 132 drives (46.2 %)…Posted fourteen runs of 20 or more yards…Led an offense that ranked second nationally in rushing (299.2 ypg), seventh in total offense (464.4 ypg) and 12th in scoring (35.3 ppg)…Was sacked nine times for losses of 64 yards…22 of his pass attempts were deflected…The opposition recovered three of Young’s eleven fumbles.
Big Twelve Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year choice by the league’s coaches and named the Big Twelve Newcomer of the Year and honorable mention All-Big Twelve by the Associated Press...Added Big Twelve Freshman of the Year honors from the Austin American- Statesman, The Dallas Morning News, the San Antonio Express-News (offensive) and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (offensive)…Chosen UT’s Outstanding Offensive Newcomer and shared Longhorn Outstanding Quarterback honors...Played his first five games as the backup quarterback before moving into the starting role in the team’s seventh contest (at Iowa State)...Compiled a 6-1 record as a starter…Became the first quarterback in school history to gain 900 yards both passing and rushing in the same season…Completed 84-of-143 passes (58.7%) for 1,155 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions…Scored eleven times and amassed 998 yards on 135 carries (7.4 avg)…Had 2,153 yards in total offense…Sacked ten times for losses of 62 yards and had 21 of his pass attempts deflected…Three of his eight fumbles were recovered by the opposition…Became the first QB in school history to have three 100-yard rushing games (vs. Baylor, Oklahoma and Nebraska) in the same season and tied Ricky Williams (1995) for the third-most 100-yard games by a freshman in Texas annals…Posted four of the top six longest rushes by a QB in school history…Helped Texas rank sixth nationally in scoring (41.0 ppg), eighth in rushing (232.5 ypg) and 20th in total offense (439.2 ypg)…Came up two rushing yards shy of becoming just the third freshman in NCAA history to rush and pass for 1,000 yards in the same season.
Redshirted as a freshman.
Attended Madison (Houston, Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Ray Seals…Three-year starter at quarterback who accounted for 7,624 yards from scrimmage during his career…Named Parade and Student Sports National Player of the Year as a senior…The 2001 Texas 5A Offensive Player of the Year was listed as The Sporting News’ top high school prospect after he helped lead the team to a 14-1 record, 50.3 points per game and a berth in the Texas 5A Division II state semifinals…Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after his final season, winning the Pete Dawkins Trophy after leading the West squad to a 26-6 triumph…As a senior, Vince completed 131-of-224 passes for 2,545 yards, 35 touchdowns and only four interceptions…Rushed for 1,274 yards on 116 carries with 24 scores and amassed 3,819 yards in total offense and 59 touchdowns that year… Completed 18-of-30 passes for 400 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 92 yards on 18 carries and a score vs. Austin Westlake in the 2001 state semifinals…Named the District Offensive Player of the Year as a junior, when he connected on 78-of-135 passes for 1,309 yards and 16 touchdowns…Added 760 yards and 14 scores on the ground, as the offense averaged nearly 49 points per game that year…Hit on 62 passes for 1,006 yards and 10 touchdowns and also netted 730 rushing yards as a sophomore…Four-year letterwinner and two-time All-District selection in basketball, averaging over 20 points per game while competing as a guard/forward…Lettered three times in track, where he was a member of two District Champion 400-meter relay squads…Also played the outfield and pitched for the baseball team for two years.
Liberal Arts major…Earned a spot on UT’s Athletics Director’s Academic Honor Roll in fall 2002...Very active in Texas’ community service program…Mentors at local elementary and middle schools…Took part in the LEAP (Learn, Enjoy and Play) Program serving as a student teacher and mentor for middle school math and science students in the summer of 2005…Has volunteered time at Austin YMCA and served as a speaker at several youth organizations in Austin…Also is active in community service projects through his church and speaks to local elementary school children and at youth football banquets…Born Vincent Paul Young, Jr., on 5/18/83 in Houston, Texas.
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