Texas: Champs Have Questions at QB

Texas is the defending Big 12 and national champion. Life should be great in Austin. It is, but according to Mack Brown, Vince Young threw him and his staff a curve ball when he went pro. Now, Brown must choose between two young QB's who are both more than worthy of playing time. Get the scoop here in this CN Big 12 tournament report on the defending national champs.

Life couldn't get much better for Texas head coach Mack Brown after coming off of his team's national championship victory over USC in last year's Rose Bowl. At the Big 12 media days in Kansas City, Brown was smooth, cool, and confident.


So how do you keep the defending national champs focused? Brown has taken a lot of advice from his peers to answer this question.


"We talked to a lot of different coaches that have won the National Championship and said what happens after this? What did you do and what would you do differently?" Brown said at the Big 12 media day.


While life is good, there is one major question mark surrounding this year's defending national champs. That is the quarterback situation. As Brown told the media in Kansas City, Vince Young threw him a curve ball when he decided to go pro and get picked by the Tennessee Titans.


"I thought Vince would come back, very honestly. I might have been the only one in America that did and until a week after the game I really felt like he would come back for his senior year, because those were his plans," Brown said.


Though Young's decision was unexpected, it was fully supported by Brown.


"I think he made the right decision, as you look back at it. He'll make a tremendous amount of money. He has a chance to lead a team like the Titans, so it worked out great for him," Brown said.


Now that Young is gone, Texas has two QB's who have never played in a college football game, a thought that is even scary for a team returning 16 starters like Texas.


Red-shirt freshman Colt McCoy might be the guy to step in and take snaps for the Longhorns. McCoy is a two-time first team all-state performer who threw for over 10,000 yards and 131 TD's in high school.


"He won a lot of games in high school. We watched him and worked him out for a year and he was around Vince for a year, but he's not played in a game," said Brown.


The other QB prospect for Texas is true freshman Jevan Snead who came to Texas early in January as a high school senior. Snead, from Stephenville, Texas finished high school with a 23-2 record as a starter and threw for 7,955 yards with 100 TD's over two seasons.


"What we've got is two really talented young quarterbacks who have not played in ball game," Brown said.


In Texas's spring game, Snead went 9 of 13 for 97 yards with a TD while McCoy went 7 of 11 with 75 yards.


"Both of those young guys exceeded our expectations in the spring. They've show great leadership. In talking to the guys last night, they really had a great summer and they worked hard. We've got a great supporting cast around them," Brown said.


With a quarterback like Vince Young at the top of your football team, one could imagine that recruiting quarterbacks could be very hard to do. Brown agreed.


"Any time we would bring a quarterback recruit in, Vince would not miss a pass. Most unbelievable thing in my life," Brown joked with the media. We had a young man, national player, really good, came to practice one day and Vince had been throwing the ball horribly about his sophomore year. He had ten straight in the scrimmage and Greg Davis called down from the press box and asked how our recruit was doing. He left after number six."


No matter who is at quarterback, the 16 returning starters on the Texas roster are expected to lead the Longhorns to another top 10 season according to the national media.


Iowa State will travel to Texas on September 23.





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