When I asked Davis early Tuesday afternoon to comment on Youngs decision, he looked at me for a few seconds (in what appeared to be genuine surprise) before a smile slowly crept across his face.
"Has he talked about that?" Davis asked. "I think its a good thing. Im all for it. You know the record: our guys have come back. Our (Longhorns in the) pros tell our guys to come back. Thats a big endorsement when the guy is making $15 million and he says Come back, because this is the last time it will really be fun."
Davis may have been more surprised by the timing, rather than the content, of Youngs announcement. While some members of the media have waged season-long bets regarding Youngs intent, my thought was that the decision was made in late summer when coaches reversed an earlier decision to play QB Colt McCoy by redshirting the true freshman. Last February, head coach Mack Brown said on National Signing Day that it was imperative that McCoy gets meaningful snaps this season as he could be the only returning scholarship QB in 2006. Last week, Davis said the only way a true freshman that has yet to play loses his 'shirt now would be the result of unforeseen circumstances.
The football administrative staff, among other things, assists UT players with legitimate NFL aspirations to enroll in an insurance policy as well as evaluate ones projected status in that seasons Draft. There is also an annual Agent Day in which players and families receive instruction about agents, in general, and how "the money gets slotted from year-to-year".
"Certainly, we hope he comes back," Davis told me. "Im sure well sit down at the end of the year and visit. If you look at things financially, in most cases its better to come back."
During his first seven seasons in Austin, Brown has never had a senior forego his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft. Coaches are often asked how they manage to get such high-profile athletes to postpone the big bucks for another year of dorm food.
"The worst thing that can happen is to talk a player into coming back," Davis told me. "Players need to come back because they enjoy college, they enjoy the team and they enjoy having fun."
Young is averaging 293.4 yards of total offense (228 passing, 65.4 rushing) per game. His passing efficiency rating (169.5) is tops in the Big 12, and No. 2 nationally, as he has completed 105-of-160 attempts (65.6 percent), including 14 TDs and seven INTs, for 1,596 yards.
With his 284 yards of offense against Texas Tech, Young moved into fourth place on the Texas career total offense list with 7,135. He passed Chris Simms, who totaled 6,960 (1999-2002). Young is 24-2 as a starter while wins these next couple of Saturdays (at Oklahoma State, at Baylor) would rank him second only to legendary Bobby Layne (26-7, 1944-47) on Texas career QB victory list.