Brown: Young Will Start At Texas Tech

It shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise but head coach Mack Brown confirmed Monday that Vince Young would start at quarterback when Texas travels to Texas Tech this weekend.

"Vince will start on Saturday," Brown said. "He’s 11-2 (as a starter). I think everybody was clear that he was taken out of the game because of the hit. They X-rayed him at half time. They didn’t release him until the long drive (71-yards at the end of third quarter). They said he had some tenderness but they thought he could go back in and play. At that time, we were back on track and moving the ball. Chance (Mock) was doing a good job."

Mock, of course, came off the bench last year to rally the Horns past Tech, 43-40 but has been hampered this season by a high ankle injury. Mock was 4-of-10 for 39 yards against Missouri but hit a clutch third-down toss to move the chains on Texas’ final, game-clinching TD drive. If need be, Mock could be called on again in Lubbock.

"Chance is more ready to play now," Brown said. "It set us back some with his ankle. I thought he was pressing when he first went into the game but I thought he played a lot better as the game went on and settled down. We haven’t discussed what that means (for Saturday’s game) but he’s available now to play if we need him to help us win. We hadn’t got him enough snaps because of his ankle and because we were way out in some games."

Brown resisted naming a starting QB Sunday but now said coaches wanted to wait and see how Young’s injury affected his throwing motion. Besides, Texas has established its identity as a power running team with emphasis on zone read plays. It’s all predicated upon a mobile quarterback

"We just felt like our change last year was to be better at the running game, and we are," Brown said. "We’re growing in the passing game. We did not do what we wanted to do Saturday but (FL) Tony Jeffery did not practice all week. There’s some things that we see in practice that are good. We just need to seem them in the games again, and I think we’ll see that."

Jeffery said Young still had confidence in the receivers but I asked Jeffery if he thought Young had lost any confidence in himself.

"I think he does but we all had a little hangover after OU," he said. "Getting the win last week, even though we didn’t play well, was good. We’re still working some of the kinks out. The biggest thing was getting that win after a loss."

Young produced a career-high three TD passes against Rice and then hit 15-of-20 against Baylor for 189 yards and two TDs the following week. But, as competition stiffened considerably against Oklahoma and Missouri, Young has gone 11-of-32 for 105 yards, two INT and no TDs.

Part of Young’s ineffectiveness stems from defenses doubling up on Texas’ TEs. Junior David Thomas entered the OU game as Texas’ leading receiver but has caught one pass for five yards over the past two weeks.

"I figured he probably would (start) and I didn’t worry about it much," Thomas said. "It doesn’t matter what quarterback is in the game. As an offense, we still have to produce. We’ve got total confidence in either of those guys. I’m excited for Vince that this is all kind of behind him. We’ve just got to work on getting better this week."


The Horns and the Red Raiders are slated to kickoff at 6 p.m. (CDT) and will be broadcast nationally on TBS. Texas’ Oct. 30 game at Colorado has been set for a 2:30 p.m. (CDT) regional telecast on ABC.

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