Dual QBs Now Common At Division-I Schools

For the second straight game, Texas faces a team that will play two quarterbacks throughout the contest. The same can also be said of the Horns if backup QB <B>Vince Young</B> (as expected) sees meaningful first-half action against Arkansas when the game is still on the line. Get used to it. It&#146;s just the way things are becoming at more big time D-I programs.

In Arkansas’ 45-13 win over Tulsa, starting QB Matt Jones engineered two TD drives in four series during the first half while Ryan Sorahan answered with TD drives of his own before intermission. Starting QB Chance Mock led Texas to three TDs (two passing, one Cedric Benson run) in three quarters of work, while special teams and defense supplied three other TDs. Young, of course, entered in the fourth quarter and equaled Texas’ net rushing yards through three quarters (61) and then ran for two TDs.

Don’t be surprised to occasionally see Jones at wideout. The senior assumed the position a handful of times against Tulsa.

"You play him like he’s just another wideout," Brown said. "What you do is you coach against systems, and then you lean more toward one player if you felt like they were going to go to him. He might be out there some (at wideout) but he’s not going to play the whole game at wideout."

Of course, everybody wants to know when the backup (at either school) is going to get into the game. Brown reiterated following Tuesday’s practice (inside the indoor practice facility) that rotations are generally determined at weekly coaches’ meetings each Thursday, but that nothing is carved in stone.

"One of the more difficult things for coaches now is how you substitute quarterbacks," Brown said. "Everybody wants to know, and the young guys want to know, before the game and then it always changes. It’s difficult (to predict rotations) because you have to get that gut feeling during the game."

The added benefit for Texas is that both Mock and Young are mobile, strong-armed QBs.

"You can only practice so many plays," Brown said. "If your quarterbacks are similar in what they do, it’s easier for your offense and it’s easier for your coordinator because he doesn’t have to try to call the plays that fit that guy the best."

The other benefit, of course, is possessing a capable backup in case the unthinkable happens to the starter.

"You look around and, gosh, Utah lost their quarterback, Kansas State lost their quarterback, Virginia lost their quarterback and got beat 31-7," Brown said. "I don’t know why (Atlanta Falcon QB) Michael Vick’s hurt, but you’re seeing more quarterbacks gets hurt in the last few years. You see Virginia Tech playing two quarterbacks, and Florida plays three. You look around right now and a lot of people are playing more than one quarterback. I think it’s just to insure that you don’t want your season to be over if your first guy goes down."

Texas had a spirited workout as several players said they were anxious to play following a bye week that fell after the first game of the season. Brown said he would have preferred the open date between the Kansas State and Oklahoma games, but that the extra three practice sessions allowed Texas to prepare for the heavy blitz package and the multiple looks that Arkansas’ defense typically throws at opponents.

"We’ve practiced a whole lot more for two ball games than we will the rest of the year," Brown said, before adding, "They’ve been preparing for us for four years. We’ve had a lot of time (to prepare). There’ll be some trick plays to come out of this game."

And at least four top-notch quarterbacks.


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