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Vince Young

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 229 | College: Texas
 
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Overview

Having led the Longhorns to their first national title since 1970, Young 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, Young 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.

Young 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, Young 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. Young connected on 84-of-143 passes (58.7 percent) 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, Young beat out Chance Mock for the starting job. Young hit on 148-of-250 passes for 1,849 yards and twelve touchdowns, but also threw eleven interceptions. He rushed 167 times for 1,079 yards (led all NCAA quarterbacks) and fourteen scores to become the first player in UT history to pass and rush for 1,000+ 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, Young 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 ranked sixth. He connected on 212-of-325 passes (65.2 percent) 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, Young started 32 times. He finished his career with 6,040 yards on 444-of-718 passing (61.8 percent) 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.

Analysis

Positives: Has excellent size, functional strength, room for more growth on his developing frame and excellent balance, body control and foot speed … Quick-footed athlete who does a very good job throwing off the sprint and roll-out action … Assertive in the huddle and has good confidence in his ability to improvise … Has better accuracy on his short throws, understanding when to zip the ball … Has a natural feel for avoiding the rush, sliding and eluding with his foot speed … Knows when to take something off his dump-off throws … Can break tackles and move chains with his valid feet and leg drive … Easily eludes defensive linemen and linebackers in the open field … Shows much better accuracy when throwing on the run … Best when rolling away from the pocket, as he can pick apart defenses better when the opponent has to chase after him … Shows very good composure in pressure situations.

Negatives: Needs total refinement of his throwing motion … Has a very low release that allows defensive linemen to deflect the pass at the line of scrimmage … Lacks ideal field awareness and struggles to read complicated coverages … Does a poor job of making progression reads, failing to look off his primary targets … Has a "run first" mentality when his protection breaks down, but does a poor job of protecting the ball on the run, resulting in 29 fumbles in 37 games … Can fire the ball into tight areas, but when he attempts to go long, his passes hang up in the air, allowing the defense to settle under the ball to make the interception … Looks awkward with his footwork driving back from center and looks more comfortable working out of the shotgun … Must do a better job of anticipating the receivers' breaks on his deep tosses (too many times the receiver has to adjust to make the catch) … Anyone that saw his up-and-down performances in the 2005 Ohio State and Texas A&M games can see that he does not have ideal decision-masking skills (will look like Bambi staring at the headlights of a truck at times).

Young is one of the finest athletes in the collegiate game. He has excellent quickness, agility, balance and body control rolling out of the pocket. He has a tall, angular physique with good upper body muscle development, tight abdomen, fluid hips and thick thighs and calves.

His change of direction agility and foot speed is outstanding for his position. He is an instinctive runner, but has struggled with the mental aspect of reading defenses in passing situations, resulting in 28 interceptions as a starter. He relies a lot on his foot speed and strength to gain positive yardage when flushed out of the pocket. Despite lofty statistics, you can see that the "light is not on" all the time when it comes to making proper reads and reacting quickly to schemes and coverages (see 2005 Ohio State and Texas A&M games and 2004 Oklahoma and Missouri contests).

Young shows very good quickness and the ability to throw off sprint and rollout action. He looks more comfortable in the shotgun, but has improved his drop-back ability from center. He can get a quick push away from the line of scrimmage in his drops, but looks hesitant when his primary target is covered and is more apt to run with the ball than make proper route progression reads to locate his secondary receivers. Unless Young plays in a spread offense at the next level, it will take quite a bit of time for him to start getting comfortable operating out of the pocket.

As a passer, he needs to refine his mechanics. He has an awkward throwing motion that has resulted in more than a handful of his passes getting batted down. He does a poor job of adjusting his release to the situation and while he is good at creating plays, his timing and ball placement lack consistency. He throws a decent spiral on short to intermediate tosses and has the arm strength to air the ball out on long routes, but is prone to forcing the ball into tight coverage (see 2005 Ohio State and Texas A&M games and 2004 Rice, Missouri and Oklahoma State clashes). He has the ability to pick apart zones, but has yet to develop the patience needed to do so.

While the receiver will be forced to adjust on occasion when Young throws to the short-to-intermediate areas, he does show good touch. He seems to have a better understanding of when to zip the ball when working underneath and has shown decent improvement when firing into tight coverage away from the defender.

Young has enough arm strength to lay the ball out for the receiver to run under, but his long throws tend to hang. He keeps the ball too low in his release point and looks like a shotputter on his long throws, taking a windmill-type of wind-up on the seams and deep outs. He lacks consistency trying to put the ball on the outside shoulder of his target and it is rare that the receiver will be hit in stride. With that long throwing arc he displays, he does not always follow through.

There is no questioning his competitiveness, but it sometimes gets in the way of his judgment. He will try to improvise too much and while some say he is cool under pressure, anyone that examines the 2005 Ohio State and Texas A&M games might say that he is really oblivious to the blitz, at times. He needs to stand in and deliver, but because of his lack of pocket awareness, he will get in trouble by firing into a crowd or taking off with the ball at inopportune times (28 interceptions, 29 fumbles in 37 games).

In 2005, Young took better control in the huddle. He is not really a vocal leader, but is confident in his ability to be assertive when the need arises. He is well-liked and respected by his teammates and proved in quite a few games that he can rally the team and remain composed down the stretch (see 2006 Rose Bowl).

Young displays good peripheral vision and can step up and out to avoid pressure and buy time, but relies too much on his raw instincts rather than read the defenses and go through progression reads. He does not check down in time and must do a better job of keeping his head on a swivel. When he holds the ball too long and locks on to his primary target, the result is usually seeing him tucking the ball and running with it rather than throwing the ball away.

Young did learn how to take some heat off his short throws, especially on dump-offs, and can drop it in over the top when he sets his feet properly before throwing. He is not that effective hitting his receivers in stride on the long throws, though. He seems to be on the page better when working with his backs and tight ends, but did make some long ball improvement during his junior season.

As a scrambler, he has few peers, rivaling Atlanta's Michael Vick in the elusiveness he shows avoiding the pass rush. He demonstrates very good head fakes and the loose hips to make the initial tackler miss, but has had serious ball security issues (29 fumbles). He has the straight-line speed to win most of the foot races and has the hip snap to sidestep pass rushers. If the chance arises, Young is more apt to break tackles and move the chains rather than sit back and wait for his targets to get open.

On sheer athletic ability, Young has many NFL teams salivating for his services. He is still too raw of a product to step into the action at the next level and has to totally refine his throwing mechanics. While many compare him to Michael Vick, you have to wonder if either of them will develop into a solid pocket passer. Much like Vick, thoughts of Akili Smith (Bengals) run through your mind when you see Young play.

Still, I see him more as a Donovan McNabb type ? if given time to develop under patient coaching, the world could be his oyster. If he is "thrown to the wolves" and forced to produce before he is ready, it could damage his confidence level and prove to be a costly early first round draft decision.

Career Notes

Since taking over as the Longhorns' starting quarterback, Young 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 quarterback rushing performances in UT history, including the school single-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 374 drives (52.9 percent) he 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 career record 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.

2005 Season

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 percent) 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 single-season record … Set the UT single-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 single-season record 4,086 yards, shattering the previous mark of 3,357 by Applewhite in 1999 … Was sacked thirteen times for losses of 95 yards … Had 33 of his pass attempts deflected … Fumbled ten times, with the opposition recovering two of those miscues.

2005 Game Analysis

Louisiana-Lafayette … Began the season completing 13 of 17 passes for 173 yards (76.5 percent), three touchdowns and an interception as the offense generated 591 yards … At one point, Young had ten straight completions … Connected with Nate Jones on a 10-yard scoring pass and hit tight end David Thomas for two more from 20 and 7 yards … Young threw only two passes in the third quarter -- an interception and a drop at the goal line -- before scoring on a 2-yard run … Finished with 49 yards rushing on seven carries before leaving the game midway through the third quarter … That rushing touchdown gave him 26 for his career, tying the school career record that was first set by Marty Akins (1972-75)

Ohio State … Threw for 270 yards on 18-of-29 passing and two touchdowns while rushing for 76 yards in helping Texas break fourth-ranked Ohio State's 36-game home non-conference winning streak in a 25-22 decision … His 346 total yards are the second-most in UT history versus a Top Five team … Earned The Sporting News and ABC/Cingular National Player of the Week and Walter Camp Football Foundation and Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance … Connected in the clutch and won it for Texas with his arm, more than his legs … Young threw a 24-yard go-ahead touchdown to Limas Sweed with 2:37 left. Young's floating pass over a defender capped a 72-yard drive during which his biggest plays were through the air, including a third-and-6 completion of 9 yards to Jamaal Charles … .While OSU linebacker Bobby Carpenter and the Buckeyes' swift linebacking crew hemmed in Young after some good runs early, they couldn't keep him from passing for 270 yards … Young also had made a couple of those poor decisions and bad throws -- he was intercepted twice -- that have caused some teams to label Young as a tailback playing quarterback … His fourth quarter touchdown to Limas Sweed was the 23rd of his career, putting him alone in seventh on UT's career passing touchdown list and passing Bret Stafford (22, 1984-87).

Rice … After passing for 270 yards and two scores against Ohio State, Young was 8-for-14 for 101 yards with one interception, no touchdowns and 77 yards rushing … He was 3-of-6 before completing three passes for 47 yards on the final drive of the first half that ended with Henry Melton's 1-yard touchdown … Young left the game midway through the third quarter. "Tonight was just about being a leader and being a quarterback," Young said … Young had a streak of nine consecutive games accounting for a touchdown snapped. Missouri … Fumbled twice and was intercepted once, but he ran for 108 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries and threw for two other scores on 15 of 22 attempts for 236 yards … Texas converted three turnovers by Missouri quarterback Brad Smith into touchdowns in beating the Tigers 51-20 … Young, who scored on a 33-yard run in the first quarter, also had a 33-yard scramble on third-and-30 to set up a field goal that gave Texas a 24-13 lead near the end of the half … He has eight career 100-yard games, although this was his first of the season … Had scoring strikes of 32 yards to Jamaal Charles and 27 yards to Ramonce Taylor.

Oklahoma … Showed the Sooners how much he has developed since their last meeting (12-0 loss in 2004), throwing three touchdown passes and guiding the Longhorns to a 45-12 victory with so many meaningful implications … Young redeemed himself for the previous year's shutout by hitting on 14 of 27 throws for 241 yards and rushing for 45 yards on 17 attempts … Young led the Longhorns 82 yards on the opening drive for a 7-0 lead, their first against the Sooners since 2002 and one they would never relinquish. Young was 5-for-5 for 60 of those yards, including the last 15 on a lob to Ramonce Taylor in the end zone … Texas' second half provided a few more highlight plays, such as Billy Pittman making a one-handed catch on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Young in the third quarter … With the scoring pass to Taylor, Young moved to fifth place all-time at Texas with 26 touchdowns through the air. His total moved to 28 touchdown throws after connecting with Pittman on strikes of 64 and 27 yards. The 64-yard touchdown pass was his third-longest completion of his career.

Colorado … Ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more as Texas avoided any chance of an upset by building an early lead and coasting to a 42-17 win … Connected on 25 of 29 passes (career-high 86.2 percent) for 336 yards and rushed ten times for 58 yards … Young was flawless running and passing in the first two quarters, scoring on runs of 1, 16 and 9 yards … Also threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Limas Sweed that made it 35-3. Sweed and Young hooked up for another touchdown (13) in the fourth quarter … "Young's performance was the best today that I've ever seen him," said Texas coach Mack Brown … The Longhorns drove 90 yards in 16 plays for the game's first score. Young capped the drive with a 1-yard dive over the line. The Longhorns were aggressive, converting three third downs on the drive and a fourth-and-4 at the Colorado 40 when Young hit Brian Carter for 24 yards … Young's second touchdown came on a bobbing, weaving run after he faked left, turned right, broke a couple tackles and reached the ball over the corner pylon for a 16-yard score … "He just takes off and adds another dimension," said Buffaloes linebacker Jordan Dizon, "and it kills us." … With Young's eight-yard pass to Brian Carter in the third quarter, he set a new career high for passing yards at the time. He finished the game with 336 yards through the air, his previous high was 289 vs. Kansas in 2004 … Set a UT school record for completion percentage of 86.2 percent, breaking his own school record of 85.7 percent (vs. Oklahoma State in 2004) … His 300-yard passing game was the first for Young and first for UT since 2002 when Chris Simms passed for 345 yards vs. Texas Tech … Brown, talking about Young's role on the team, said, "I think they know that he is a true leader and a great competitor and they understand how tough Young is. Your quarterback is your leader, whether he wants to be or not and Young does love it. He likes that role of leading the football team. He came up to me after I jumped the guys on Tuesday and said, 'Hey coach you're fine don't worry about it.' And he played that way."

Texas Tech … Young and Texas turned Texas Tech's big chance into another Longhorn landslide in a 52-17 triumph … Threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns on 12 of 22 attempts, but was also intercepted twice … Carried seven times for 45 yards and a score … Young gave his performance a C+ and said in the past throwing two picks might have crushed his confidence for the day. "But now I'm more mature and understand the game and have more faith in my defense. I was getting frustrated. But I went off to the side; I put myself in a corner and just talked to myself and tried to get ready for the next series. They're a top 10 team. They made plays.It was important for me to show poise and be ready to make plays when we go the ball back," he said … His 75-yard touchdown strike to Billy Pittman was the third consecutive game, fourth this season, they had connected for a play of 60 or more yards … Young's 10-yard scoring run in the third quarter was his sixth of the year.

Oklahoma State … Turned the ball over on a fumble and had four passes deflected at the line of scrimmage to put Texas in a 19-point hole, but he then responded with a record-breaking performance to save the day -- and the season -- for the Longhorns, in a 47-28 win … Rushed for a career-high 267 yards and two scores on 21 carries and passed for 239 yards with two touchdowns and an interception on 15 of 30 attempts, setting a school single-game record for total offense with 506 yards … "The guy's a character," Texas tight end Neale Tweedie said of Young. "He's so confident and he just knows he's going to make something happen. It's just a matter of time." … Only a week after Missouri's Brad Smith became the first player in Division I-A history to have at least 230 yards rushing and passing in one game, Young matched the feat and became the seventh player in NCAA history to throw and run for at least 200 yards in a game … Young ignited the comeback with an 80-yard touchdown scramble on the third play of the second half and added an 8-yard scoring run late in the third quarter to bring the Longhorns within 28-26 … He then found Tweedie open for his first career touchdown on a 21-yard post pattern to give Texas a 34-28 lead … "We were into the wind, we were backed up, we were third-and-10 and what a great play, what a great run," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "Talk about Heisman Trophy winners. That's a highlight reel for a Heisman Trophy right there." … Earlier, Young threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to David Thomas to give him the most touchdown catches for a tight end in Texas history with 13 … Young ran for 133 yards on 12 first-half carries, but that was overshadowed by his two turnovers and two unique connections between Al Pena and D'Juan Woods for Oklahoma State scores. After a Young fumble late in the first half, Pena zipped a pass to Luke Frazier, but it deflected into the air and Woods snagged it with his right hand and zoomed into the end zone for a 30-yard score and a 28-9 Cowboys lead … With 267 rushing yards and 239 passing yards against Oklahoma State on Oct. 29, Young became the first player in NCAA Division I-A history to rush for over 250 yards and pass for over 230 yards in the same game … His 506 yards of total offense gave him 7,641 for his career to date, moving him to third on UT's career total offense list, passing Peter Gardere (7,409, 1989-92) … Young's 80-yard touchdown run is the longest run by a quarterback in UT history and tied for tenth on UT's overall longest runs list.

Baylor … Followed with 16 of 27 tosses for 298 yards and two touchdowns, but also fumbled once … Added 53 yards on eight runs as the offense totaled 645 yards in a 62-0 shutout … Ramonce Taylor caught a 42-yard touchdown from Young and Young found Quan Cosby with a 55-yard scoring strike … On Texas' first offensive snap after halftime, Young faked a handoff to Taylor and rolled to his right. The quarterback then stopped, avoided a defender and threw back to Taylor, who was running alone down the field for an easy touchdown.

Kansas … Became UT's all-time leader in total offense (8,269) and set a career high with four touchdown passes, including strikes of 64, 45 and 29 yards, after going 19-of-27 (70.4 percent) for 281 yards in a 66-14 victory over Kansas … Completed passes to ten different receivers and had a stretch of eight straight completions at one point … Hit scoring passes of 45 yards to Limas Sweed and 64 yards to Quan Cosby … His third touchdown pass was good for 29 yards to David Thomas … His fourth scoring pass came when he rolled to his right on a bootleg before hitting tight end Peter Ullman in the end zone from 3 yards out … Young's 8,269 total career yards broke the school record of 8,059 set by Major Applewhite (1998-2001) … For the game, he completed passes to ten different receivers … Three of his first four passes went 30 or more yards.

Texas A&M … Battered and bruised, Young completed 13 of 24 passes for 162 yards, a touchdown and an interception, but fumbled twice and was sacked three times for losses of 32 yards … While far from perfect, Young was good enough to keep Texas' national title hopes intact with a tough 40-29 win … "I was never nervous. That's not me," Young said. "Nervousness, scariness, that's not even in our vocabulary." … Young came in needing a big game to keep pace with USC's Reggie Bush in the Heisman Trophy chase. Instead, he struggled against a defense ranked 109th in the country. Both of his turnovers led directly to Aggies touchdowns. Young almost gave that one away as well when he fumbled on a 13-yard run but the Longhorns recovered. On the next play, Young hit Ahmard Hall for a 14-yard touchdown for a 21-15 lead at the half … His interception in the first quarter broke a streak of 81 attempts without a pass being picked off by the opposition.Colorado (Big Twelve Conference Championship) … Led by four touchdowns from Young, the Longhorns embarrassed Colorado 70-3 in the Big 12 championship game … Hit on 14 of 17 attempts (82.4 percent) for 193 yards, three touchdowns and an interception as the team piled up 486 yards … Added 57 yards and a score on eight carries … Found Jamaal Charles with a 3-yard scoring lob in the first quarter … His second touchdown throw, a 31-yarder to Limas Sweed, was well covered but nearly impossible to defend because of the way Sweed screened himself away from the defender and the way Young threw the pass, so nobody but his receiver could catch it … Young's 8-yard touchdown pass to David Thomas was similarly brilliant, thrown toward the sideline as Thomas laid out to make the catch -- again well covered, but in a spot where only he could make the play … Young's best play, though, was his 2-yard touchdown run, a play in which all four Texas receivers were covered, as were all the outside running lanes for the mobile QB. So, Young simply picked and poked and tiptoed his way through the inside, knocking down his own teammate, guard Will Allen, to get to the end zone standing up.

Southern California (Rose Bowl) … Texas pulled off the improbable when it rallied in the closing minutes to defeat USC, 41-38, to grab the national championship … Young hit on 30 of 40 throws (75.0 percent) for 267 yards and carried 19 times for 200 yards, including three touchdowns, to earn Game MVP honors … He accounted for 467 of the team's 574 yards, with his only blemish being a fumble that UT recovered … When Young went no-huddle, he found tight end David Thomas a couple times and showed USC tailback Reggie Bush how to pull off a late pitch. Young went 10 yards on an option keeper and just before his knee touched turf -- or so it seemed -- chucked the ball to Selvin Young, who took it the final 12 yards for a score and Texas' first lead, 9-7 … In the third quarter, Young ran for a 13-yard touchdown, followed by a 17-yard scoring scamper with 4:03 remaining … Young bounced on his toes, trying to buy himself some time and searching frantically for a way to win a championship. And then he took off with 0:19 left on the clock. With the national title down to a final play, fourth-and-5, Young scrambled untouched for an 8-yard touchdown and the Longhorns stunned Southern California, 41-38. On that drive, Young stood in the pocket and passed the Longhorns to a first-and-10 at the 13. After a 5-yard scramble, he misfired on two passes to set up fourth-and-5 at the 8. The Trojans brought pressure, as they did all night, but Young slid away from it and looked for a receiver. Instead, he found a lane and raced to the right pylon. "I went through all my progressions, so I just took off with it," Young said … With 200 rushing yards, Young had 1,050 on the season, becoming the first player in NCAA history to rush for more than 1,000 yards and pass for more than 3,000 in the same season … Young became just the fifth player to rush for over 100 yards against USC in the last 46 games … Young completed his first nine passes of the game, and the last six of the Big Twelve Championship game, giving him 15 consecutive, setting a new UT record. Young owned the previous mark of 14 as well … With two fourth-quarter touchdowns, Young orchestrated six fourth-quarter comebacks in his career … He closed out his career 30-2 as a starter. His .938 winning percentage is the sixth-best in NCAA history.

2004 Season

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.

2004 Game Analysis

North Texas … Started the year with 14 of 21 passes for 153 yards and a 2-yard score to fullback Will Matthews, but also fumbled twice … Gained 49 yards on eight runs … Led Texas to points on nine (six touchdowns) of ten drives.

Arkansas … Connected on 11 of 22 throws for 150 yards and touchdowns of 49 yards to tight end David Thomas and 13 yards to Cedric Benson … Also collected 56 yards on 14 rushing attempts, but also fumbled once.

Rice … Gained 161 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions on 11 of 18 tosses and carried eight times for 64 yards … Tight ends David Thomas (22 & 49) and Bo Scaife (10) were on the receiving end of Young's scoring strikes.

Baylor … Produced 189 yards on 15 of 20 attempts (75.0%) with touchdowns of 23 & 14 yards to Tony Jeffery … Added 55 yards on five runs, including a 47-yarder that was the tenth-longest run by a QB in UT history

Oklahoma … Had his worst performance as a starter, completing only 34.8% of his passes (8-of-23) and limited to 54 yards on 16 runs, as he turned the ball over twice on fumbles in a 12-0 loss.

Missouri … Connected on only 33.3% of his attempts (3-of-9) for 19 yards and two interceptions, but picked up 53 yards on five rushes, including a 23-yard score before leaving the game in the second quarter with a bruised sternum.

Texas Tech … Came back the next week to hit on 10 of 15 throws for 142 yards and a 9-yard score to David Thomas … Rushed 25 times for 158 yards and touchdowns of 2, 2, 1 & 11 yards to guide the team to a 51-21 triumph … Earned Big Twelve Offensive Player of the Week honors after setting then-career highs in total yards (300) and rushing attempts (25) and setting a UT record for quarterbacks with four rushing touchdowns … Led Texas to scores on nine of eleven drives in that game … His 158 rushing yards were the fourth-highest single-game total by a QB in UT history.

Colorado … Managed only 71 yards with two interceptions on 8 of 15 passes and ran 15 times for 68 yards, including 1 & 9-yard scores in a 31-7 victory.

Oklahoma State … Set then-school records with 18 completions (21 attempts), hitting on 85.7% of his throws that were good for 278 yards and a touchdown … Gained 123 yards on 12 runs with a 42-yard touchdown … was intercepted twice and had a pair of fumbles …

Ended the game by completing 12 straight passes, breaking Chris Simms' school record of 11 (2001)

Kansas … Extended his consecutive completions streak to 14 by completing his first two passes at Kansas and for the second week in a row, he set career highs in completions (22) and passing yards (289) and also set a career high in attempts (40) … Had his second straight game of 100-yards rushing (114 on 19 carries), 200-yards passing (289 on 22-of-40 throws) and 400 yards of total offense (403) in the 27-23 win … Brought the Horns back from a 10-point deficit with only 7:41 to play by rushing for an 18-yard touchdown, scrambling for a first down on 4th-&-18 and throwing a 21-yard scoring pass to Tony Jeffery with 0:11 left … Became the only player in UT history to record two games of 400-plus yards of total offense.

Texas A&M … Closed out the regular season with 12 of 18 passes for 131 yards … Ended up just seven rushing yards shy of his third consecutive game of 100 yards throwing and 100 yards rushing, as he ran 19 times for 93 yards and a 3-yard score.

Michigan (Rose Bowl) … Named Game MVP, as Young completed 16 of 28 throws for 180 yards, an interception and an 11-yard score to David Thomas in a 38-37 decision … Ran for 192 yards on 21 attempts with touchdowns of 20, 60, 10 & 23 yards … His 192 yards set a then-game record for UT quarterbacks (broken the following year when he gained 200 yards vs. USC in the Rose Bowl).

2003 Season

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.

2003 Game Analysis

New Mexico State … Made his collegiate debut … His only pass completion was good for 60 yards to Sloan Thomas … Added 61 yards on five carries, with touchdowns of 16 & 6 yards. Rice … Came off the bench to hit on 3 of 5 attempts for 34 yards and gained 54 yards on seven runs, including a 1-yard score … Sacked once for a 7-yard loss.

Tulane … Threw his first career touchdown, a 2-yarder to tight end David Thomas and carried three times for 69 yards and a 13-yard score, but also fumbled once.

Kansas State … Followed with 80 yards and a 1-yard touchdown on 17 runs and 69 yards on 3 of 6 tosses … Also had a fumble and was sacked twice for minus 8 yards.

Oklahoma … Connected on 11 of 21 passes for 135 yards and a pair of interceptions … Ran 15 times for 127 yards and a 27-yard touchdown, becoming the fourth quarterback in school history to rush and pass for 100 yards in the same game … Fumbled twice, with the Sooners recovering one of those miscues and had seven of his pass attempts deflected while also getting sacked twice for minus 18 yards.

Iowa State … Earned his first career start, responding with 11 of 15 pass attempts (73.3%) for 136 yards, an interception and a 13-yard score to B.J. Johnson … Collected 58 yards on ten carries.

Baylor … Held to 65 yards on 7 of 13 tosses, but totaled 101 yards with 1 & 2-yard scores on nine rushes.

Nebraska … Gained over 100 yards rushing for the third time in 2003, collecting 163 yards with a 65-yard touchdown on 14 carries … Limited to 68 yards with a pair of interceptions on 8 of 15 throws.

Oklahoma State … Hit on 9 of 13 passes for 195 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown to Roy Williams … Carried 13 times for 92 yards and a 23-yard score.

Texas Tech … Followed with a season-high 213 yards on 16 of 25 attempts, adding scores of 8 yards to Bo Scaife and 24 yards to Sloan Thomas … Ran 17 times for 53 yards, but also fumbled twice when he was sacked three times for losses of 15 yards.

Texas A&M … Turned the ball over once on a 3-yard sack, completing 5 of 8 throws for 97 yards and a 60-yard touchdown to David Thomas … Also scored on a 1-yard run, gaining 90 yards on 16 carries.

Washington State (Holiday Bowl) … Was benched early in the game after he misfired on eight passes and fumbled once … Finished with just 15 yards on 6 of 14 tosses … Ran nine times for 50 yards.

2002 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Agility Tests

Campus: Not available.

High School

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, Young 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 letter-winner 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.

Personal

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 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 Paul Young, Jr., on 5/18/83 in Houston, Texas.

 
 

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