Continued Davis: "What happens is, when you get him on the run, things dont happen rhythmically as often as they do in the pocket. Things are happening: youre adjusting, youre sliding, and you basically limit the field from a full-field to a half-field, so things are happening that you cannot see nor do you know exactly how theyre happening. Well continue to run him, obviously, because hes a great athlete. And you always want to have that ability so the blitz cant zero-in on the pocket. But hes performing pretty well in the pocket."
The Texas passing game is ranked last in league standings, averaging 138.1 ypg (NCAA No. 110). Young is also rated last among Big 12 starting quarterbacks in per game passing average but is No. 6 in total offense with 191 ypg. He is 80-of-143 for 971 yards, including nine TDs and six INTs. He is the Big 12s second leading rushing QB with 557 yards on 96 attempts (trailing Texas A&Ms Reggie McNeal by 10 ypg).
Young was just efficient enough against Texas Tech that the Red Raiders started dropping defenders off the LOS by the end of the second quarter. He, of course, followed that outing with two INTs and one fumble in the first quarter against Colorado.
"The thing that I told him on the phone was that the best thing that happened in terms of his growth after the second interception, he came right back and performed really well," Davis said. "I thought that was a sign of growth. I told him that there are times when the defense wins the play. Their call was better than my call, their execution of their defense was better, there are times when they win the play. And when they win the play, lets get out of bounds, lets throw it away, lets reserve the right to kick."
Young attempted just three pass plays during the entire second half of Texas 31-7 win Saturday.
With three games left in the regular season, theres not going to be appreciable development in any phase of the passing game. The tight ends will remain reliable targets (who disappear from the game plan only against OU), RS-freshman SE Limas Sweed will continue his gradual emergence, FL Tony Jeffery will drop a ball that hits him squarely between the numbers and then make amends with a clutch grab later in the game, true freshman SE Nate Jones will still get ever-so-close to having that breakout performance, Young will still release the ball as if hes throwing a dart, and defenses will still put seven-to-nine in the box until the passing game becomes a reliable threat. More often than not, Young and RB Cedric Benson will run right through them.
With a league-leading rushing offense (304.8 ypg, NCAA No. 2) and a league-leading scoring defense (13.4 ppg, NCAA No. 8), thatll win you 10 or 11 games this season. But it wont win you 13 and it may not win you 12. It should, however, make for a double-digit win against No. 19 Oklahoma State and its suspect run defense (NCAA No. 68, 158.2 ypg) at DKR Saturday.
The Horns kick-off against the Cowboys, 6 p.m. in a TBS national telecast.