Last season: 11-1 overall (7-1 Big 12).
Key Returners – The Longhorns will return 13 starters.
Seven starters return to last seasons Rose Bowl Champion, including Rose Bowl MVP Vince Young.
The junior quarterback has a
strong arm and good foot speed. In his 24 games with
"We know that Vince
tremendous run at the end of the year, and after the Rose
first conversation I had with Vince
said, ‘Coach, I have got to improve some areas here, these are the areas I need
to improve,' and basically he didn't want to throw bad passes to start a game,"
Mack said. "But he has a chance to be the winningest quarterback in
One team's loss is another's gain
and with Cedric Benson joining the Chicago Bears in the NFL Draft,
The Longhorns hope that junior Selvin Young can fill some of the holes left by Benson. Sophomore Ramonce Taylor also may get a shot, he topped the running back depth chart throughout the spring, while Young was nursing an ankle injury he suffered last fall.
"Our guy in the past with Cedric had been Selvin Young," Mack said. "Vince has been around him a lot this summer. It sounds like he is 100 percent. He is on track. He is 220 pounds. He is really motivated. He was giving Cedric a run for his money for playing time two years ago before he got hurt. So you would have to think that he would be the lead candidate.
"Then you have some other guys. He has done it so far, and he has been there. I am really pulling for him to stay healthy and have a great year. Our coaches did a tremendous job last year of taking Vince in an inexperienced state without much confidence early, a really good offensive line that they are basically all back, two really good tight ends, and Jason Thomas and Bo Scaife and any receiver and figuring out what to do offensively to give us a chance to win will be a different offense this year."
Defensive tackle Rod Wright has
compiled 181 tackles and 13 sacks in his 37 games at
"Rod Wright is a young guy that
started every game he has been at
Gone is outside linebacker Derrick Johnson, who was drafted by the
Former walk-on David Pino will enter fall drills as the Longhorns starting kicker. He has appeared in 17 career-games and is 3-of-4 on field goal attempts and 17-of-18 on PATs.
Competing at punter will be Greg Johnson and Richmond McGee.
Young's first start came in
11/25/05 @ Texas A&M