Brown: This Was Vince Young's 'Best Scrimmage'

Head coach <B>Mack Brown </B>stayed long after practice Tuesday to huddle with redshirt freshman QB <B>Vince Young </B>because, apparently, even the bluest of blue-chippers can get the blues in the (to be expected) adjustment from high school to NCAA Division I-A football. Whatever Brown whispered into Young&#146;s helmet translated into the signal caller&#146;s best outing in a Longhorn uniform following Thursday&#146;s scrimmage at DKR.

Young completed 2-of-4 passes for 100 yards, including a 75-yard scoring toss to TE Neale Tweedie. He had one interception on his opening series before settling down the rest of the way. Known also for his fancy footwork, Young was the afternoon’s second-leading rusher (33 yards on eight carries).

"Vince has made some great plays," Brown said. "I thought this was his best scrimmage. He always makes some spectacular plays but I thought he was a better quarterback today."

Brown has previously said Young is co-second string with Matt Nordgren. Uh, no. Nordgren has been slowed, but not sidelined, by a foot injury. Nordgren is fast, but he’s no Young. Then again, not many are.

"I didn’t think Matt had much of a chance today because they (defense) got to him too quickly," Brown said. "Sometimes it looks like he did not make plays when he did not have the opportunity to make plays."

Whether it’s an actual game or a controlled scrimmage, it’s always exceptional when any QB comes away with positive rushing yards. It’s not that Young can scramble for 8-to-10 yards; it’s how he does it: the acceleration, lateral moves and sheer elusiveness have brought collective gasps from spectators for several days and no less in the final scrimmage before the March 29 Spring Game.

It was also a solid outing for QB Chance Mock. The redshirt junior completed 11 of 16 for 109 yards and two touchdowns, including a 5-yard toss to SE Roy Williams and a 7-yarder to FL Tony Jeffery. He netted five yards on six carries.

"Chance has separated himself from the others but we thought that he would because this is his third spring," Brown said. "He’s been around a long time and he’s just more comfortable."

Mock also demonstrated some escape-ability. When the first-team D snuffed out an intended fake reverse to FL B.J. Johnson, Mock scrambled out of trouble to the tune of seven or eight yards. Three plays later, Mock showed once again why one of Texas’ best plays next season will result when the QB is in trouble. In a four-wide set against a heavy D-line surge, Mock scrambled for 10 yards, setting up and first-and-goal. TB Brett Robin (33 yards on 9 carries) scored three plays later on a one-yard off-tackle dive.

"We’re going to be fine at quarterback," Brown said. "People have talked about Chris Simms and Major Applewhite so much. Major’s doing great for as a (GA) coach and Chris is going to do great in the NFL, and we’re still going to have football."


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