"The thing that's happened is that the commitment to stopping the quarterback has created more space for the running back," Davis said during his weekly press conference. "If Vince gets loose he's got a chance for a huge run, whereas a lot of times Cedric -- and he's popped some big ones especially here as of late -- a lot of times there are so many guys over there (around the RB) that it might not be as explosive. I think they know that if Vince comes at you, you've got a chance for a big one."
Defenders responsible for the QB in the zone read also have pass protection responsibilities.
"That helps our tight ends," Davis added.
But would it help the overall passing game if Young got on a roll -- literally? Young was such a natural rollout passer while a prep star at Houston Madison that many have questioned if Davis ought to be grooming VY as a pocket passer.
"A lot has been said and written about Vince on the move," Davis said. "He's certainly a weapon on the move, but when you look at every ball that we've thrown and things that he's done in the pocket, we've done a pretty good job. I don't want to imply that we don't want to use his skills on the move but we feel like he's probably doing a better job in the pocket."
Added Davis, "You have less choices when you roll out because you cut the field down offensively.
Davis concurred with head coach Mack Brown that Young played his best game as a Longhorn against Rice, which included a career-high three TDs but two INT. Coaches are more forgiving of VY's first pick which came on a tipped pass under heavy blitz. Yet the Horns had schemed all week for precisely the situation that Texas was in on the particular play.
"We had worked that play versus that blitz until the kids were sick of it," Davis said. "They would have mutinied had we not been able to match it up at some time during the game because we felt like we were going to be able to get to (TE) Bo (Scaife) for a big one. We had that protection on, that call, that blitz -- it was just like we thought. Vince was fixing to hit Bo in stride but the lineman got his hand on the ball."
Texas also spent nearly as much time scheming for the 3rd-and-nine, 10-yard TD toss to Scaife to open the scoring.
"We had worked at that place on the field for that situation and (Rice) tried to disguise the free safety," Davis said. "They had ten down low and were trying to get Bo matched over the linebacker. Right as we pulled the ball, they started moving the free safety back to the center of the field. Vince saw him and really threw the ball quickly. When I got him on the phone, I asked 'What did you see?' He saw exactly what happened. That's just an indicator that (Young) is maturing and seeing things better."
The second interception, also under heavy blitz, was designed as a swing pass to RB Will Matthews in the flat to set up a first-and-goal situation. Young instead tried to hit SE Myron Hardy in the corner of the south end zone. Afterwards, Young told Davis, "I knew they were bringing the free safety and I saw the (RCB) hard inside and I know if I threw to ball into the right corner in the end zone, I would have a one-on-one."
All that was true, Davis concedes, "but it wasn't what we wanted. Even on that play, what (Young) saw was better than the ball he threw."
The Horns and Bears kick off at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, at DKR.