Vince Young Undergoes Hernia Surgery

University of Texas sophomore quarterback Vince Young (Houston, Texas/Madison HS) underwent successful minor surgery to repair a hernia in Austin on Friday morning. The surgery will keep him out of summer workouts for up to four weeks, but will not affect his availability when the Longhorns begin preseason workouts in August.

"It's a minor procedure and we expect that Vince will be able to resume working out again in four weeks and be ready for two-a-days in August," said UT football trainer Kenny Boyd.

"We are really fortunate that they found this at this time of the year and not closer to the season," said Head Coach Mack Brown. "Vince should have a full recovery and be ready when preseason drills begin in August."

The 6-5, 225-pounder became the first Longhorn player to throw for 1,000 yards (1,155 yards/No. 5 on the UT all-time freshman list) and rush for 900 (998/No. 2 on the UT all-time freshman chart) en route to Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year honors as a redshirt freshman last season. He came up just short of becoming the third freshman in NCAA history to pass and run for 1,000 yards in a season. Young completed 84-of-143 passes, tossed six TD passes (No. 5 on the UT freshman list) and ran for 11 TDs (No. 2 on the UT freshman chart) in 2003.

"It was just a minor surgery that I needed to get taken care of," Young said. "Although I wasn't really looking forward to it, I'm happy that I was able to get it done now so I can begin healing and getting back into workouts with my teammates as soon as possible. I want everyone to know, and especially the fans, that I'll be ready to go when we start preseason practices. I can't wait to get the season started. I'll I can say is I'm glad the surgery is over and Hook 'em Horns."

Texas reports for preseason workouts on Monday, Aug. 9. Texas opens the 2004 season on Sat., Sept. 4 against North Texas at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

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