Vince Young scored a six on the 50-question Wonderlic exam, according to reports that began to circulate Sunday on statewide radio, newspapers and on the internet. It was later reported that Young scored a 16, but there were conflicting reports having to do with whether Young's initial results were incorrectly scored, or if he was allowed to re-take the exam. The average Wonderlic score during last year's Combine was reported at 22.
"I know for a fact that he did not make a 'six' on the test because I was told specifically," Brown continued, "and I was also told the test was graded wrong when he took it the first time. Anyone who is reporting that he did that poorly is wrong. Point blank. I called, I asked and I was told it was not true. So, it's unprofessional and it's really, really poor for somebody to be reporting a number that they don't know is factual, (and) that I know is not factual, when a young guy has so much riding on it in the future."
Speculation that Young is unintelligent represents an indirect commentary on both The University and on the football program, Brown believes.
"He just had the highest passing efficiency of any quarterback in the country. We are very complicated in what we do offensively (at Texas). He won 30 games and lost two. He would have graduated next fall with only three hours to take at Texas where you can't hide an athlete. Vince is very bright. I hate that people had to take a shot that is unfair and untrue. I probably couldn't pass that test myself if I tried. I've read it, and it seems really stupid to me. That's why we don't give it to our recruits."
NFL personnel are more likely to consider Young's collegiate body of work than the test score, Brown concluded.
"I've never had a scout come to me with a young guy who had a low score on the test and not take him. I don't think it makes any difference at all. Right now, it's just something to talk about for a couple of days. It, too, will pass."
The NFL Draft is set for April 28.