Davis: Young Back In His 'Comfort' Zone

QB Vince Young insisted a few days before Texas’ 51-21 dismantling of Texas Tech that he was feeling comfortable and confident, but few outside of his inner circle believed him.

Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis spoke Tuesday of the wrinkles added to last Saturday’s game plan to help ease VY back into his comfort zone.

"He was very comfortable in the ballgame," Davis said. "He did extremely well and made great decisions and made some really tough runs that were huge in the ball game."

If familiarity breeds comfort, then Davis did Young a favor by installing several variations of counter plays, including the option and the type of counter lead that Young ran so effectively at Houston Madison. Young set a Longhorn record for QBs Saturday with four rushing TDs while adding 158 yards on the ground. His 300 yards of total offense was a personal best. Young also got reacquainted with his reliable TEs Saturday as both junior David Thomas and senior Bo Thomas tallied three grabs apiece.

Sports reporters have continued to ask Davis (in roundabout ways) if Young might be more comfortable (and thus more accurate) as a rollout passer since he typically operated on the run during his superlative prep career at Houston Madison.

"He would rather be in the pocket," Davis said. "The completion to (SE) Limas Sweed early in the ball game was a particular drop-back pass that (Young) asked for that we had carried in different game plans but had not carried for a couple of weeks."

VY ran three nakeds, hitting TE David Thomas twice while tucking and running the third time for a first down. He also sprinted out three times on a night in which he completed 10-of-15 for 144 yards.


Davis would be the first to admit that opponents would not consider Texas’ running game either schematically elaborate or complicated. Davis typically wants to include 10-to-12 running plays in his game plan.

"They would probably say it’s pretty simple," Davis said. "Our run game is not a game that has a ton of plays. What we can do is run all of our plays from all of our different personnel groupings."

Of course, if you have a RB that ranks second nationally (Cedric Benson is now averaging 165.1 ypg) and a mobile QB that’s averaging six ypc (489 total yards on 81 attempts), the ground game doesn’t have to be rocket science if the passing game can get untracked.

"The biggest thing that happened in the ball game is that we were productive in the passing game which ended up helping the running game," Davis said. "It gave us a lead where we could try to really hammer them and try to run the clock."


Just a few weeks ago, Texas’ WRs amounted to senior FL Tony Jeffery while Davis euphemistically stated that the rest continued to struggle. The group is still not where it needs to be but Davis said Tuesday that RS-freshman SE Limas Sweed continues to emerge as a consistent receiving threat.

Sweed has registered 6 catches for 73 yards the past three contests while Jeffery has 83 yards on four grabs during that span. All the other WRs have come up empty except for SE Nate Jones’ 10-yard grab against Oklahoma.

"I think he’s improved every week and he’s playing with more confidence," Davis said. "I think his third-and-7 catch (for 12 yards) was a big confidence boost for him. He’s played in a lot of traffic, on slants, over the middle. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he came down with a deep-ball on a long post route."

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