Young, Huff Named Finalists For Top Awards

QB Vince Young has been named a finalist for the 2005 Davey O'Brien Award (nation's best college quarterback) while SS Michael Huff is a Thorpe Award finalist (nation's top defensive back), it was announced Tuesday.

Young joins Matt Leinart from USC and Brady Quinn from Notre Dame as finalists. Huff's competition comes from Virginia Tech's Jimmy Williams and Clemson's Tye Hill. The winners will be announced in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, December 8, on an ESPN national telecast.

Young has already been named a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award (nation's top player) while the Heisman race is shaping up as a photo finish between Young and USC all-purpose back Reggie Bush.

"He'll obviously go down as one of the best quarterbacks in school history," head coach Mack Brown said Tuesday. "I think he'll be in the College Football Hall of Fame and I think he'll be in the NFL Hall of Fame. His record as a winner, his ability to lead and the phenomenal plays that he's made with his feet long before he started throwing the ball like he's throwing it now are all important, but now he's making reads as good any quarterback in the country."

Young has guided the Longhorns to the cusp of their first undefeated regular season since 1983 and just the fourth in school history. He has completed 155-of-244 (63.5%) passes for 2,414 yards (No. 7 on UT's single-season list) and 22 TDs (T-No. 2 on UT's single-season list). He ranks second in the nation in passing efficiency at 169.8. He also has rushed 117 times for 774 yards and eight TDs.

Young's 8,269 yards of total offense are a new Longhorn record while his 73 TDs (responsible for) are the second-highest total in UT history. Young has repeatedly told media that the only record he cares about is the Won-Loss record, and his mark now stands at 27-2 (No. 2 on the UT's all-time QB victory chart). That translates into a 93.1 winning percentage, good for No. 8 all-time in NCAA history.

Michael Huff, meanwhile, continues to prove doubters wrong. Texas A&M recruited the fifth-year senior in 2001 but then never offered a scholarship. Then, on Monday, teammate Michael Griffin joked that Huff would never make the list of Thorpe finalists because he only has one INT on the season.

"He's had a tremendous year and he is the quarterback on our defense," Brown said. "He's a leader and I think it would be hard to find a better defensive back in America than Michael Huff."

Huff is second on the defense in tackles (82), including four TFL and one sack. He also has 12 PBU, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery for TD and a blocked FG and, of course, that one INT. He looks to make his 48th career start at Texas A&M Friday. Huff has posted 291 career tackles, 20 TFL, 42 PBU, four caused fumbles, one sack and three blocked kicks. He averages 23.1 yards per INT return on seven career INTs and has returned four of those for TDs. The four INT returns for TDs are a school record and two short of the NCAA career mark.

"Michael came here as one of the great track stars in our state," Brown told Inside Texas. "He has super ball skills. The only question, early, was him being stronger and more physical and he's been able to do that over the last two years. That was a question with pro scouts, and it's been answered."

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