Young's Comments Welcome News To Greg Davis

QB Vince Young has led Texas to seven come-from-behind wins when the Horns were tied or trailed at halftime. His most important comeback for the Burnt Orange, though, may be a return for his senior season. Young's "I'm coming back for another year" comment Monday came as welcomed news to Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis.

For Young, the announcement came neither during a televised media event (a la Ricky Williams) or as the surprise highlight of the annual UT Football Banquet (Roy Williams). Rather, his intent to return for what will be his fifth season in 2006 came in the form a brief comment made to a small group of print reporters Monday afternoon.

When I asked Davis early Tuesday afternoon to comment on Young’s 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 it’s a good thing. I’m all for it. You know the record: our guys have come back. Our (Longhorns in the) pros tell our guys to come back. That’s 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 Young’s announcement. While some members of the media have waged season-long bets regarding Young’s 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 one’s projected status in that season’s 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. "I’m sure we’ll sit down at the end of the year and visit. If you look at things financially, in most cases it’s 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.


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