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Vince Young shows small signs of growth as a teammate - The Tennessean
Vince Young sat at the locker next door, fiddling with his cell phone and occasionally glancing over as Collins held court. Consider this a step in the right direction. When things went south last season, Young retreated from public view....
The Russell Image - San Francisco Chronicle
If nothing else, it puts him in the Internet company of young quarterbacks Vince Young and Matt Leinart, who saw their own offseason partying make national news back when they were still considered future stars. The larger potential problem is...
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Aaron Ross: A Closer Look at the Giants' Young Cornerback - Bleacher Report
Quarterback Vince Young led Ross and the Longhorns to a 41-38 victory, allowing them team to capture the National Title over the Trojans. With an MVP and a National Title already under his belt, Ross entered the NFL draft and was picked by the New York...
Philadelphia Eagles backup Kevin Kolb is waiting to catch a break - Fort Worth Star Telegram
So this is a big season for Merriman, who had 39 1/2 sacks in his first three seasons but has not had a sack since he took down Vince Young in a Jan. 6, 2008, playoff game. 3Chris Long, the No. 2 overall pick last year, started all 16 games for the...
Vince Young Do What Vince Young Do - Deadspin
Young, as you remember, is close to getting permanently doghoused by Jeff Fisher (if it hasn't happened already) and has worried teammates, family members, and NFL execs with his wacky manic-depressive behavior and disenchantment with football....
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Now working as a backup, Titans quarterback working to grow up - The Canadian Press
The Tennessee Titans keep insisting that Vince Young will be their starting quarterback again some day. He said Wednesday he's maturing, working hard and learning the business of the NFL. Well, he better because time is running out for Young to...
Vietnam pact recalled four decades later - Victoria Advocate
Speaker: Vince Cantu, who was in Joe Galloway's book, "We Were Soldiers Once, and Young." Flags will be blessed, placed on veterans' graves and a march will proceed from Wood Avenue to Woodsboro Town Square. Word of a pact made by five graduating...

Vince Young

Vince Young scores a touchdown in the 2005 Big 12 Championship Game.

Vincent Paul Young, Jr. (born May 18, 1983 in Houston, Texas), commonly Vince Young, or "VY", is an American football quarterback for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. Young was the third overall draft pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at The University of Texas. In his rookie season, Young was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and earned a roster spot on the AFC Pro Bowl team.

As a junior in college, Young finished second behind Reggie Bush in the voting for the Heisman Trophy, but did win the prestigous Davey O'Brien Award which is given annually to the best collegiate quarterback in the nation. Following the Heisman voting, Young led his team to a BCS National Championship against the defending BCS national champion, University of Southern California, in the 2006 Rose Bowl. The game was called one of the most-anticipated games in the history of college football. In 2006, ESPN named Young as the 10th best college football player of all time. Texas retired Young's jersey on August 30, 2008.

Young grew up in a tough neighborhood in Houston, Texas where he was primarily raised by his mother and his grandmother. His father, Vincent Young Sr., missed much of Vince's college career due to a 2003 burglary conviction and prison sentence. Young credits his mother and grandmother for keeping him away from the street gangs. At the age of 7, Young was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle at the corner of Tidewater and Buxley, streets in his Houston neighborhood. The accident nearly killed him, leaving him hospitalized for months after the bicycle's handle bar went into his stomach. Today, he credits this event for making him into a "tougher" individual. Vince Young wears the number 10 to show love and respect for his mother, Felicia Young, whose birthday is June 10th.

Young was coached by Ray Seals at Madison High School in Houston, Texas where he started at quarterback (QB) for three years and compiled 12,987 yards of total offense during his career. During his senior season he led his Madison Marlins to a 61-58 victory in the 5A Regionals over the previously undefeated Galena Park North Shore Mustangs, accounting for more than 400 yards of total offense while passing for three touchdowns and rushing for two more before a crowd of 45,000 in the Houston Astrodome. After beating Missouri City Hightower 56-22 in the state quarterfinals, Houston Madison faced Austin Westlake in the state semi-finals. Although Young completed 18-of-30 passes for 400 yards and five TDs and rushed for 92 yards (on 18 carries) and a TD, Houston Madison lost 42-48.

He was also a varsity athlete in numerous other sports. In basketball he played as a guard/forward and averaged more than 25 points per game over his career. This allowed him to be a four-year letterman and two-time all-district performer. In track and field he was a three-year letterman and member of two district champion 400-meter relay squads. In baseball he played for two seasons, spending time as both an outfielder and pitcher. He also made the all-state team in football and in track.

Young chose to sign with Texas in 2002 for its winning tradition and football prominence there. He was part of a Texas recruiting class, which contained future NFL players Rodrique Wright, Justin Blalock, Brian Robison, Kasey Studdard, Lyle Sendlein, David Thomas, Selvin Young, and Aaron Ross. This class has been cited as one of the strongest college recruiting classes ever. Young redshirted his freshman year; this allowed him to learn the playbook and develop his skills before being asked to play in a game situation.

As a redshirt freshman during the 2003 season, Young was initially 2nd on the depth chart behind Chance Mock. However, Mock was benched halfway through the season (in the game against Oklahoma) in favor of Young. After that game, Young and Mock alternated playing time, with Young's running ability complementing Mock's drop-back passing.

As a redshirt sophomore in the 2004 season, Young started every game and led the Longhorns to an 11-1 season record (losing only to rival Oklahoma), a top 5 final ranking, and the school's first-ever appearance and victory in the Rose Bowl, in which they defeated the University of Michigan. He began to earn his reputation as a dual-threat quarterback by passing for 1,849  and rushing for 1,189 yards. The Texas coaches helped facilitate this performance by changing the team offensive scheme from the more traditional I-formation to a Shotgun formation with 3 wide receivers. This change gave the offense more options in terms of play selection, and consequently made it more difficult to defend against.

Before his junior season, Young appeared on the cover of Dave Campbell's Texas Football alongside Texas A&M quarterback Reggie McNeal.

In his All-America 2005 season, Young led the Longhorns to an 11-0 regular season record. The Longhorns held a #2 ranking in the preseason, and held that ranking through the season except for one week when they were ranked #1 in the Bowl Championship Series.. Texas then won the Big 12 championship game and still held their #2 BCS ranking, which earned them a berth in the National Championship Rose Bowl game against the USC Trojans. Before the game, the USC Trojans were being discussed on ESPN and other media outlets as possibly the greatest college football team of all time. Riding a 34 game winning streak, including the previous National Championship, USC featured two Heisman Trophy winners in the backfield, including quarterback Matt Leinart (2004 Heisman winner) and running back Reggie Bush (2005 Heisman winner) who was widely discussed as being possibly the best running back in the history of college football.

In the Rose Bowl, Vince Young put on one of the most dominating individual performances in college football history, accounting for 467 yards of total offense (200 rushing, 267 passing) and three rushing touchdowns (including a 9 yard TD scramble with 19 seconds left) to lead the Longhorns to a thrilling 41-38 victory. This performance led to him winning Rose Bowl MVP honors for the second consecutive season. After the game, former USC and NFL safety Ronnie Lott said "Vince Young is the greatest quarterback to ever play college football." Trojans coach Pete Carroll said "that was the best I've seen by one guy." Young finished the season with 3,036 yards passing and 1,050 yards rushing earning him the Davey O'Brien Award.

Early in his collegiate career, Vince Young had been criticized as "great rusher...average passer", and his unconventional throwing motion had been criticized as being "side-arm" as opposed to the conventional "over the top" throwing motion typically used by college quarterbacks. However, by the 2005 season most of the criticism had faded, and he developed into a consistent and precise passer. Young concluded the 2005 regular season as the #1 rated passer in the nation. Including the Big 12 Championship game and the Rose Bowl, he finished as the #3 rated passer in the nation, with a quarterback rating of 163.9.

Young reached a win/loss record as a starter of 30–2, ranking him #1 of all UT quarterbacks by number of wins. His .938 winning percentage as a starting quarterback ranks sixth best in Division I history. Young’s career passing completion percentage is the best in UT history, 60.8%. During his career at Texas (2003-05), Young passed for 6,040 yards (No. 5 in UT history) and 44 TDs (No. 4 in UT history) while rushing for 3,127 yards (No. 1 on UT’s all-time QB rushing list/No. 7 on UT’s all-time list) and 37 TDs (No. 5 on UT’s all-time rushing TDs list/Tied for No. 1 among QBs). He was also #10 on ESPN/IBM's list of the greatest college football players ever. In 2007, ESPN compiled a list of the top 100 plays in college football history; Vince Young's game-winning touchdown in the 2006 Rose Bowl ranked number 5.

The University of Texas retired Young's jersey number 10 in the 2008 season-opening football game on August 30, 2008.

Throughout the 2005 season Young had indicated that he planned to return to the University of Texas for his senior year in 2006. The day after Texas won the BCS National Championship, Young accepted an invitation to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. When Leno asked Young whether he would stay for his senior year of college or declare for the 2006 NFL Draft, Young replied that he would discuss the matter with his pastor, his family, and coach Mack Brown. On January 8, 2006, Young announced he would enter the NFL draft, where he was expected to be drafted early in the first round. Even after his Rose Bowl performance, some observers said he may have difficulty in the NFL because of his unorthodox sidearm throwing motion and the different style of play in the NFL. After Drew Brees signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints, Young was predicted by most experts to be the third overall pick in the draft belonging to the Tennessee Titans, where he would reunite with his close friend and mentor Steve McNair, but McNair was soon traded to the Baltimore Ravens. With the second overall pick, the Saints (now with Brees) were now likely to pass on drafting a high-rated quarterback, and Young was no longer thought to be a consensus top five pick. Some had speculated that he would not even be picked in the top ten.

A controversy regarding the Wonderlic, a standardized test given to all recruits, was thought also to have been problematic for Young. On February 25, 2006, during the NFL Combine, it was erroneously reported that Vince scored a six, out of a possible fifty points, on his Wonderlic Test. The test is designed to measure cognitive ability, which could indicate a player's ability to learn a complex NFL playbook. The Wonderlic corporation has resisted equating a score with a given I.Q. Charlie Wonderlic Jr., president of Wonderlic Inc., says, "A score of 10 is literacy, that's about all we can say." Some observers believed this score would lower Young's draft selection and faulted his agent, Major Adams, for not preparing Young ahead of time with practice tests.

The NFL draft was held on April 29-30, 2006. The Tennessee Titans drafted Vince Young with their first round pick (3rd choice overall), confirming the predictions of many draft experts. He was the first quarterback taken in the draft, with the Titans choosing him instead of Matt Leinart. The Titans general manager, Floyd Reese, said Young's upside was the deciding factor in his being chosen. Reese said, “Last night at 11:35, I was on my knees praying ... he will rewrite the position. This guy physically is such a combination of arms and legs. People want to make him out to be a Michael Vick. He's not that. He's different.” He started his NFL career on August 12, 2006 in a preseason matchup against a Reggie Bush led New Orleans Saints.

On July 27, 2006, Young agreed to terms on his initial contract with the Titans. Terms of the deal were reported to include five years with a sixth year team option and as much as US$58 million overall including $25.7 million in guaranteed money. As a quarterback, Young was able to reach a deal similar to that signed by the draft's #1 overall pick, Texans defensive end Mario Williams.

On August 12, 2006, Vince Young made his preseason debut, and on September 17, he threw for his first career touchdown against the San Diego Chargers. Young made his first career start versus the Dallas Cowboys on October 1, 2006 completing 14 of 29 passes for 155 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. He achieved his first NFL victory (against the Washington Redskins, 25-22) on October 15, 2006.

On Sunday November 26, 2006 Vince Young led his first NFL fourth-quarter comeback, against the New York Giants. With the Giants leading 21-0, the tide suddenly changed after New York quarterback Eli Manning threw an interception to Pacman Jones. Young subsequently led a scoring drive, throwing a touchdown pass to ex-Longhorn teammate Bo Scaife. After the Titans forced a three-and-out, Young ran an option play for a touchdown on the next drive. Another successful stop led to Young throwing his second touchdown of the quarter. After another Eli Manning interception to Pacman Jones, this time with only 30 seconds left in the game, Young calmly led his team down the field for Rob Bironas' game-winning field goal; the final score was 24-21 over the Giants. It is statistically the best performance of Vince Young's NFL career: he went 24/35 for 249 yards and two touchdowns, with a 107.9 passer rating. He also rushed 10 times for 69 yards and a touchdown.

A week later, Young led another come-from-behind victory over the Indianapolis Colts who, prior to the game, held a 10-1 record. Rob Bironas iced the game with a 60-yard field goal. The 14-point comeback marked the first time in NFL history that a rookie quarterback led two 14+ point comebacks in the same season. The following week, Young capped off a Houston homecoming by running for a 39-yard game-winning touchdown in overtime to defeat the Texans by a score of 26-20.

On Sunday December 24, 2006, Vince Young led yet another come-from-behind victory over the Buffalo Bills who, along with the Titans, had a 7-7 record and were competing for an AFC wild card playoff spot. This time the comeback was from 9 points down after Rian Lindell kicked a 24-yard field goal at the end of the 3rd quarter to make the score 29-20 in favor of the Bills. Young then led the Titans on a 9-play, 62-yard drive that spanned 4:16 and ended with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Jones to make the score 27-29. After a three and out by the Buffalo Bills, Young again led his team on a 7:15, 14-play scoring drive that culminated in a 30-yard field goal by Rob Bironas, putting the Titans on top 30-29. Bironas' kick would prove to be the winning points. Young ended the day going 13-of-20 for 183 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions, with a rating of 127.7. He also rushed 8 times for 61 yards and 1 touchdown.

Young holds the NFL record for rushing yards by a rookie quarterback with 552, breaking the old record of 408 yards set by Bobby Douglass in 1969. He won the Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of The Year honors at the conclusion of the 2006 NFL campaign, becoming only the third quarterback to win the award, along with Dennis Shaw and Ben Roethlisberger. On Saturday February 3, Vince Young was named to the 2007 Pro Bowl to replace Philip Rivers whose foot injury kept him out of what would have been his first pro bowl appearance. Young would throw one interception in limited play time in the Pro Bowl.

Of the rookie QB class of 2006, Vince Young has the best record as a starter, surpassing the only other three starting rookie QB's: Matt Leinart, Jay Cutler, and Bruce Gradkowski. During the 2006 season, Vince Young led the Tennessee Titans to eight wins including six straight wins where he posted an 8-5 record as a starter. Of the wins, four of them were fourth quarter comebacks, including three straight fourth quarter comebacks. His passer rating was 66.7, which ranked 30th of 31 qualified quarterbacks in the NFL that season. Only Tampa Bay quarterback Bruce Gradkowski had a lower rating of 65.9.

Vince Young has also appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated six times: once in the 2005 College Football season preview issue, on a December issue prior to the Big 12 Championship game versus Colorado, on the weekly edition after the 2006 Rose Bowl and also the Commemorative edition following the 2006 Rose Bowl, once for the 2006 NFL Draft preview issue, and most recently after his Titans won 4 straight games in the 2006 NFL season. Young's performance in his rookie season earned him the honor of being the cover athlete for the video game Madden NFL 08.

In 2006, Merril Hoge gained notoriety for acting as a vocal critic of Vince Young. Hoge's criticism began before the 2006 NFL draft, in which Young was drafted third overall by the Tennessee Titans, and continued throughout the season even as Young took command of a losing team, bringing the Titans within a game of an unlikely playoff berth. For his efforts, Vince Young was named the 2006 Rookie of the Year, far and away the favorite of the voters. Despite these achievements, Hoge continues to maintain that Young does not have the talent or skills to play in the NFL.

In an article published by Young was quoted as saying he thought about retiring from professional football after his first season stating "I really thought long and hard about it. There was so much going on with my family. It was crazy being an NFL quarterback. It wasn't fun anymore. All of the fun was out of it. All of the excitement was gone. All I was doing was worrying about things." However, Young would later recant this stating he never considered quiting football and his remarks were blown out of proportion.

For the first exhibition game against the Washington Redskins on August 11, 2007, Titans Coach Jeff Fisher benched Young after he broke one of the team rules. Though Fisher declined to mention the rule Young broke, Young later hesitantly admitted that he left the team hotel the previous night in order to sleep at his home without informing Fisher. Young apologized for his behavior and was allowed to play for the next game.

During the Titans first game, a 13-10 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Young threw for 78 yards with 1 interception and ran for 22 yards, including a TD. In Week 2, the Titans lost 22-20 to the Indianapolis Colts at home. Vince threw for 164 yards and a TD and ran for 53 yards on 5 carries. During Week 3, the Titans played the New Orleans Saints in the first of their 2 appearances on Monday Night Football in the 2007 season. The Titans beat the Saints 31-14 behind Young’s 185 total yards (21 rushing, 164 passing) and 2 TDs with 1 interception. On Sunday October 7th, Vince Young and the Titans took to the field in Nashville as they took on the Atlanta Falcons. Despite a lackluster day, the Titans and Young would come away with the victory 20-13. Young was 20-33 with 153 yards and 3 INT's.

Young injured his quadricep during the first half of a matchup against Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6. Young went to the dressing room clutching his leg, but returned after half-time and was shown warming up on the sidelines. However, he would not return to the game as a precautionary measure. The Titans would go on to lose the game 13-10.

Despite an upcoming divisional matchup against the Houston Texans Young missed the following weeks matchup after being listed as a gametime decision. This would be Young's first start missed due to injury. He would return the following week against the Oakland Raiders where he would complete 6 of 14 attempts for 42 yards in a 13-9 win. The following week against Carolina, Young would complete 14 of 23 attempts for 110 yards and 2 interceptions and add 25 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in a 20-7 win.

In Week 10 Young completed 24 of 41 passes for 257 yards 1 TD and 2 INT's in 28-13 loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Young's 257 yards passing in the game would become a new career high passing his previous best of 249 yards in a 24-21 comeback win over the New York Giants in Week 12 of the 2005-2006 season. His 41 attempts would also be a new career high.

The following week Young eclipsed his previous mark for passing yards in a game by throwing for 305 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT's as well as rushing for 74 yards and 1 TD in a 34-20 loss against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football. His 379 combined yards would set a new career mark passing his previous best of 318 total yards in a 24-21 comeback win over the New York Giants in Week 12 of the 2005-2006 season. He would also equal his career high in attempts with 41.

In Week 13 Young had his best overall passing game of the season against the Houston Texans. Young ended the day by going 21 of 31 for 248 yards with 2 TD and 1 INT for a 99.9 QB Rating in a 28-20 win. Young also added 5 carries for 44 yards which brought his streak of 250+ combined yardage games to 4 straight.

In Week 15 Young posted his best QB Rating of the season by going 16 of 26 for 191 yards with 2 TD and 0 INT for a QB Rating of 109.6. He would also add 7 carries for 32 yards as the Titans overcame a 14-10 halftime lead by the Kansas City Chiefs to win the game 26-17 and keep their playoff hopes alive moving to 8-6 for the season.

In Week 16, Young completed 12 of 22 passes for 166 yards and 1 interception and added 1 rushing yard in a 10-6 win against the New York Jets. The win against the Jets combined with a loss by the Cleveland Browns earlier in the day put the Titans in position for the last play off spot in the AFC.

In Week 17 Vince Young and the Titans' playoff wishes came to life as they defeated the Indianapolis Colts 16-10 to clinch the 6th seed in the AFC Playoffs. Young would leave the game in the 3rd quarter after suffering what seemed to be a re-injury of his right quad which kept him out for a game earlier in the season. Backup quarterback Kerry Collins would enter in the game and lead the Titans to 2 field goals to break a 10-10 tie and seal the victory. Before the injury, Young posted some of his best numbers of the year by completing 14 of 18 passes for 157 yards with 0 TD, 0 INT, and posting a 103.0 QB Rating.

At the end of the regular season, Young finished with 2,459 passing yards with 9 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Additionally, Young would finish with 395 rushing yards and 3 rushing touchdowns.

In Young's first playoff game, Young completed 16 of 29 passes for 138 yards, 1 interception and 12 rushing yards for a 53.5 passer rating.

In the first game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Young injured his knee and was expected to miss 2 to 3 weeks. On September 15th, Jeff Fisher made the decision to go with Kerry Collins and for Collins to remain the starter for the rest of the season. Young would be the back up quarterback.

As a result of his strong on-field performance and his ties to the Houston area, January 10, 2006 was proclaimed "Vince Young Day" in his hometown of Houston, Texas. He is dating his high school sweetheart; Candice Johnson, who also attended UT. Vince has been in a number of television commercials for Madden 2008, Reebok with Allen Iverson, a Vizio television commercial, and Campbell's Chunky Soup with his mother. He also appears in rapper Mike Jones's video, "My 64". Vince was also interviewed by 60 Minutes for an episode that was aired on September 30, 2007. Texas Senate passed resolution on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 to declare the day “Vince Young Day” throughout state.

Young re-enrolled at the University of Texas for the 2008 spring semester to finish his degree. Titans camp begins in March; UT's semester is over in early May. He will leave UT by the spring to return to the Titans. He plans to return and graduate by the end of the spring 2009 semester.

On September 9, 2008, a distraught Vince Young left his home without his cell phone. The reasons given were that Young was upset over being booed by fans after throwing a second interception against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars the previous day and the sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee suffered four plays after head coach Jeff Fisher prodded him back into the game. Young postponed a doctor's examination till the following day. After speaking to members of Young's family, Fisher called Nashville police. After a four-hour search, they found Young, who agreed to meet with Fisher and police at the team's training facility.

Vince Young's agent, Major Adams, told ESPN reporter George Smith that he didn't know why the story has taken on a life of its own, and stated that the incident was "blown out of proportion" and called any perceived depression or emotional problems suffered by his client "unfounded". However, Young's therapist told Fisher that Young mentioned suicide several times before driving away from his home with a gun, which prompted the Tennessee Titans to call the police.

His mother, Felicia Young, however, has stated that her son is "hurting inside and out".

In December 2008, Young filed suit against former Major League baseball player Enos Cabell and two others for applying for a trademark to use his initials and "Invinceable" nickname to sell products without his permission in 2006. The suit claims that their use of Young's name has damaged endorsement deals for Young; he is asking the court to give him the exclusive rights to use the initials and nickname.

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List of career achievements by Vince Young

Former University of Texas quarterback Vince Young shakes hands with United States president George W. Bush

This is a list of career highlights by Vince Young who currently plays for Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. He played collegiately at University of Texas at Austin.

Young was coached by Ray Seals at Madison High School in Houston, Texas where he started at quarterback (QB) for three years and compiled 12,987 yards of total offense during his career. During his senior season he led his Madison Marlins past the previously undefeated North Shore Mustangs. During his last year, Young led his Madison Marlins to the 5A Division II state semi-final game versus Westlake High School of Austin, Texas, in which he completed 18-of-30 passes for 400 yards and five TDs and rushed for 92 yards (on 18 carries) and a TD, but eventually lost.

He was also a varsity athlete in numerous other sports. In basketball he played as a guard/forward and averaged more than 25 points per game over his career. This allowed him to be a four-year letterman and two-time all-district performer. In track and field he was a three-year letterman and member of two district champion 400-meter relay squads. In baseball he played for two seasons, spending time as both an outfielder and pitcher. He also made the all-state team in football and in track.

At the conclusion of the 2005-2006 season, Sports Illustrated issued a special commemorative edition (pictured) that featured Vince Young shouting in triumph amidst a storm of multi-colored confetti. Features in the special edition included a story on Vince Young's Glory Days by author Tim Layden, as well as a story dissecting How the Rose Bowl was won by Austin Murphy. The issue was on sale nationwide alongside the regular edition of the magazine, which also featured the Rose Bowl on the cover.

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Texas Longhorns football

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The Texas Longhorns football team is the interscholastic football team at The University of Texas in Austin, Texas. The Texas Longhorns are a perennial powerhouse — one of the elite college football programs in the nation. On November 27, 2008, the Longhorns passed Notre Dame as the second winningest college football team, having won 832 games to Notre Dame's 831. They are one of only seven programs to have attained 800 all-time victories. The Longhorns have won four Division I-A national championships — in 1963, 1969, 1970, and 2005. Two Longhorn players have won the Heisman Trophy, college football's highest individual honor: Earl Campbell (1977) and Ricky Williams (1998).

In 2008 the Texas Longhorn football program kept its record NFL Draft streak alive by having at least one player selected in 71 consecutive drafts dating back to 1938. As of 2008, ESPN ranked the Texas Longhorns the 7th most prestigious college football program since 1936.

Texas football plays its home games at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, located on-campus in Austin. The current head coach of the team is Mack Brown, who is under contract through the 2016 season. When Brown retires, he will be succeeded by Will Muschamp, who was named coach-in-waiting in November 2008.

Mack Brown has been the head coach of the Longhorns since 1998. His offensive coordinator is Greg Davis and his defensive coordinator is Will Muschamp. On January 16, 2008, former UT quarterback Major Applewhite accepted a job with Texas as assistant head coach and running backs coach.

The Longhorns play their home games in Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (formerly just "Memorial Stadium" and "Texas Memorial Stadium"). The stadium is located on the campus of The University of Texas in Austin, Texas. The current official stadium capacity is 94,113, making it the largest football venue in the state of Texas, the largest in the Big 12 Conference, and among the largest on-campus stadiums in the NCAA.

The stadium has been expanded several times since its original opening, with a major expansion completed in 1999. The stadium has been undergoing additional renovations and expansion since 2005. Stage one was completed in 2006 and consisting mainly of updates in accordance with newer fire safety codes. Stage two began in 2006 and consists of seating expansion and addition of new facilities in the north end zone. Those seats were completed for the 2008 season, though some work is still ongoging to the exterior facade and meeting rooms located inside the expansion.

Renovations began on the stadium November 14, 2005, two days following UT's last home football game of the 2005 season. The improvements scheduled were completed before the 2006-2007 football season, and included additional seating and the nation's first high definition video display in a collegiate facility nicknamed "Godzillatron." With the new bleacher seating section added behind the south endzone, the stadium's stated capacity for the 2006 season was 85,123. An attendance record of 89,442 people occurred on September 9, 2006 for the Longhorns' 24-7 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes. That set a new record for the greatest number of people ever to gather for a football game in the state of Texas. It also set a record for the number of people watching a game at any stadium in the Big 12 Conference.

Due to the north end zone expansion the Longhorns have broken this record several times in 2008. An attendance record of 98,053 people occurred on August 30, 2008 for the Longhorns' 52–10 win against Florida Atlantic University. That set a new record for the greatest number of people ever to gather for a football game in the state of Texas. It also set a record for the number of people watching a game at any stadium in the Big 12 Conference. The record was twice beaten later in the year, 98,383 saw the #1 ranked Longhorns defeat the #11 ranked Missouri Tigers and again when 98,518 saw UT beat the #6-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys.

The University of Texas began playing football in 1893 and has traditionally been considered a college football powerhouse, having earned four National Championships, including one to conclude the 2005-06 season. From 1936 to 2008, Longhorn football teams have finished their seasons ranked in the top ten of at least one of the two major polls 27 times, or more than one-third of the time, according to the Associated Press. The Longhorn football program experienced sustained success under the guidance of legendary head coach Darrell Royal, who led the Longhorns to three National Championships (in 1963, 1969, and 1970) during his twenty-year career with the Longhorns (1957–1976).

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the program was somewhat less successful, but Texas has since returned to prominence in college football, finishing in the top six of the AP and coaches' polls in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2008.

Two Texas Longhorn running backs have won college football's most prestigious individual award, the Heisman Trophy: Earl Campbell (1977) and Ricky Williams (1998). Eleven Longhorns have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, while four are enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame. Other Longhorn players have also received recognition for their performance.

As of the end of the 2008 season, the Longhorns' all-time record is 832-316-33 (.718). Only Notre Dame and the University of Michigan have won a greater percentage of games played than Texas, and only Michigan has won more games overall. Texas recorded its 800th victory with the Longhorns' 41-38 win over the USC Trojans in the 2006 BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl. On November 27, 2008, Texas' 49–9 victory over Texas A&M in the last game of the regular season was the 831th win for the UT football program, which surpassed Notre Dame for 2nd in the list of total wins. Notre Dame lost later that week in their final regular season game, and both teams won their bowl contest, leaving Texas with 832 wins and Notre Dame with 831 until the 2009 season.

The Longhorns are currently coached by Mack Brown, who came to Texas after being head coach at North Carolina.

The 1893 team did not wear orange; their striped uniforms were gold and white. In 1895, the UT Athletic Association moved to orange and white colors. In 1897 the Association moved to orange and maroon to save cleaning costs. The Cactus Yearbook at the time listed the University colors as either gold or orange and white until the 1899 Cactus declared the University colors to be gold and maroon. Students at the University's medical branch in Galveston were in favor of royal blue. By 1899, a UT fan could have worn any of yellow, orange, white, red, maroon, or even blue.

The Board of Regents held an election in that year to decide the team colors. Students, faculty, staff and alumni were asked vote. 1,111 votes were cast, with 562 in favor of orange and white. Orange and maroon received 310, royal blue 203, crimson 10, and royal blue and crimson 11. For the next thirty years, Longhorn teams wore bright orange on their uniforms, which faded to yellow by the end of the season. By the 1920s, other teams sometimes called the Longhorn squads "yellow bellies," a term that didn't sit well with the athletic department. In 1928, UT football coach Clyde Littlefield ordered uniforms in a darker shade of orange that wouldn't fade, which would later become known as "burnt orange" or "Texas orange." The dark-orange color was used until the dye became too expensive during the Great Depression, and the uniforms reverted to the bright orange for another two decades, until coach Darrell Royal revived the burnt-orange color in the early 1960s.

From 1961 to 1962, the Longhorns' helmets featured the individual player's number on the side in burnt orange above the "Bevo" logo, which was also in burnt orange, with a large burnt-orange stripe down the middle of the helmet.

The burnt-orange stripe was removed in 1963 and the helmet featured only the burnt-orange Bevo logo below the player's number, which was also in burnt orange.

In 1967, the team abandoned the individual player's number above the logo, and moved the burnt-orange Bevo logo to the center of the helmet's side. With the exception of the 1969 season, this remained the team's helmet design until 1977.

In 1969, the helmet design commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first college football game. The player's number was replaced by a large burnt-orange football above the Bevo logo. Inside the football was a white number "100" that indicated the anniversary year. In 1977, the team moved to the current helmet design by changing to a white facemask. This helmet design is the one that is seen in the infobox at the beginning of this article.

For its appearance in the 1982 Cotton Bowl game against Alabama, Texas used a special version of the longhorn logo which included between the "horns" of the Bevo logo the words "COTTON BOWL CLASSIC" and a picture of a cotton boll.

A special helmet design was used in 2005 during the home game against Louisiana-Lafayette on September 3. This helmet was similar to the 1963-1966 helmet, but featured the current white facemask.

Mack Brown has been the head football coach for Texas since 1998. From 1998 through the 2006–2007 season, the Longhorns had a 93–22 (81%) win-loss record. In his first six years at Texas, Brown had a winning record but he had not managed to win the Big 12 conference or to lead the Longhorn into a Bowl Championship Series game. He was often lauded for his recruiting while being criticized for failing to win championships.

That changed with the 2004 Texas Longhorn football team (11–1, 2005 Rose Bowl Champions) who played in the 2005 Rose Bowl against the Wolverines of the University of Michigan. The game was the first meeting between the two storied teams and the Longhorns' first trip to the Rose Bowl. In a classic game that featured five lead changes and three tie scores during the course of play, the Longhorns defeated the Wolverines 38–37 on a successful 37-yard field goal by place kicker Dusty Mangum as time expired. It was the first time the Rose Bowl had ever been decided on the closing play, and it earned the Longhorns a top 5 finish in the polls. Three ex-Longhorns from the 2005 Rose Bowl team — Cedric Benson, Derrick Johnson, and Bo Scaife — were selected in the 2005 NFL Draft.

Brown followed up the strong 2004 season on the field with an extremely successful 2005 recruiting season by securing the top-ranked recruiting class (the 2005 recruiting season is for players entering the University in Fall 2006). With the exception of Cedric Benson, Derrick Johnson, and Bo Scaife, Texas returned most of their key players from 2004–2005, including red-shirt Junior Quarterback Vince Young. The 2005 Texas Longhorn football team (13–0, BCS National Champions) was given a pre-season #2 ranking (behind defending National Champions University of Southern California) by Sports Illustrated magazine, and was also ranked second in the AP and USA Today coaches pre-season polls. They maintained those rankings throughout the entire 2005–2006 season.

Texas and USC ended up winning out their seasons and faced each other in the National Championship, which Texas won, 41–38. At the conclusion of the 2005–2006 season, Sports Illustrated issued a special commemorative edition that featured Vince Young shouting in triumph amidst a storm of multi-colored confetti. Features in the special edition included a story on Vince Young's Glory Days by author Tim Layden, as well as a story dissecting How the Rose Bowl was won by Austin Murphy. The issue was on sale nationwide alongside the regular edition of the magazine, which also featured the Rose Bowl on the cover.

The 2006 Texas Longhorn football team (10–3, 2006 Alamo Bowl Champions) hoped to repeat as national champions. The Texas Longhorns returned several offensive (7) and defensive (7) starters from their National Title team, but quarterback Vince Young elected to go the NFL which left freshman Colt McCoy as the starting quarterback.

Texas opened the season with a win at home against North Texas. Their second game, against Ohio State, was one of the most anticipated college football games of the regular season. The Longhorns lost that game, but then defeated Rice, Iowa State and Sam Houston State by a combined score of 145–24. After defeating number 14th ranked Oklahoma Sooners 28–10 in the Red River Rivalry, it appeared that the Longhorns were a near-certainty to once again play in the Big 12 Championship game for a chance to enter the Bowl Championship Series. However, in Texas' next game, against unranked Kansas State, Colt McCoy suffered a neck stinger injury while rushing for a touchdown, and in the Lone Star Showdown rivalry game against unranked Texas A&M, he was knocked out of the game by a helmet-to-helmet tackle. Partially due to these injuries, Texas lost both games, 45–42 and 12-7 respectively, their first consecutive losses in over five years. As a result, the Oklahoma Sooners won the division and played in the Big 12 Championship game. The Alamo Bowl, with the 5th pick of Big 12 conference teams selected the Longhorns to play against unranked Iowa who had placed 8th in the Big Ten conference. McCoy was able to return at quarterback, and the Longhorns narrowly defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 26–24.

The 2007 Texas Longhorn football team began play on September 1, 2007. Texas entered the 2007 season ranked third in the all-time list of both total wins and winning percentage. They were ranked in the Top 10 by numerous pre-season polls. For instance, a pre-season ranking by ESPN writer Mark Schlabach had the Longhorns ranked eighth; had them at ninth. College Football News and Real Football 365 both had Texas ranked third. Texas started out 4–0, but with sloppy playing, edging out 4 unranked teams. Texas came particularly close to being upset when the beat unranked UCF, 38–35. Texas then suffered losses to Kansas State (41–21) and Oklahoma (28–21). Texas then surged back into form, winning 5 games in a row. At 9−2, they were poised to gain a BCS bowl berth. However, a 30–38 loss to Texas A&M dashed these hopes. The Longhorns finished the season 10–3 with a victory in the 2007 Holiday Bowl.

In January 2008 NBC Sports listed the Longhorns among the seven top candidates for best team of the decade. The 2008 team will begin their season against Florida Atlantic University, who won the 2007 New Orleans Bowl and set a record for the shortest amount of time between starting a football program and securing a bowl victory.

On November 18, 2008, The University of Texas announced that Longhorn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp would eventually succeed Mack Brown as head football coach. They agreed in principle to increase Muschamp’s salary to $900,000. There was no timetable set for Brown’s departure, and both Brown and UT said they expected Brown to stay a long time.

On January 5 2009, the 3rd ranked University of Texas defeated 10th ranked Ohio State, 24-21, in the Fiesta Bowl. With under a minute to play, Texas WR Quan Cosby caught the game winning touchdown. Texas finished the 2008-2009 season with a 12-1 record, with their only loss against Texas Tech.

Texas has won a combined 29 conference championships. Texas won the Southwest Conference 25 times and has won the Big 12 Conference twice.

Texas has made 4 appearances in the Big 12 Championship Game as winner of the Big 12 South Division. Texas is 2-2 in those appearances.

As of 14 March 2009, 43 Longhorns currently play or coach in the NFL.

The University's biggest rival historically is Texas A&M University, although UT considers the Oklahoma Sooners to also be important rivals in football, especially in recent years due to the prominence of both programs. Other teams have also been considered to be rivals of Texas in various sports.

Texas has a long-standing rivalry with the University of Oklahoma. The football game between the University of Texas and Oklahoma is commonly known as the "Red River Rivalry" and is held annually in Dallas, Texas at the Cotton Bowl. Dallas is used as a "neutral site" since it is approximately mid-way between the two campuses. The stadium is split with each team having an equal number of supporters on each side of the 50 yard line. Texas state flags fly around the Longhorn end of the stadium and Oklahoma state flags fly around the Sooner end.

The Red River Shootout originated in 1900, while Oklahoma was still a territory of the United States, and it is the longest-running college-football rivalry played on a neutral field. Since 2005, the football game has received sponsorship dollars in return for being referred to as the "SBC Red River Rivalry" (changed to AT&T Red River Rivalry in 2006 when SBC changed its corporate name to AT&T), a move which has been criticized both for its commercialism and its political correctness. The University of Texas holds its annual Torchlight Parade during the week of the Red River Rivalry.

In recent years, this rivalry has taken on added significance, since both football programs have been highly ranked and compete in the same division of the Big 12 conference. In 2005, the Dallas Morning News did an opinion poll of the 119 Division 1A football coaches as to the nations top rivalry game in college football. The Texas-OU game was ranked third.

The game typically has conference or even national significance. Since 1945, one or both of the two teams has been ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation coming into 60 out of 65 games. As of January 2007, Texas leads the all-time series 58–40–5, with a 45–35–4 edge in Dallas, and currently has a one-year winning streak. Five of the last nine showings featured one of the participants in the BCS National Championship Game (2000, 2003-2005, 2008), including national titles won by Oklahoma in 2000 and by Texas in 2005.

The Texas/Texas A&M rivalry has given rise to several stereotypes on both sides: Aggies are generally portrayed as ignorant conservative farmers, while Longhorns are portrayed as highbrow and arrogant city-slickers. Save the 1995 game when A&M's probation restricted the Aggies from being televised, the annual football game with Texas A&M traditionally takes place on Thanksgiving Day or the day after each year. The Longhorns have a record of 73–36–5 against the Aggies.

In an attempt to generate more attention for the rivalry in sports other than football, in 2004 the two schools started the Lone Star Showdown, a trial two-year program. Essentially, each time the two schools meet in a sport, the winner of the matchup gets a point. At the end of the year, the school with the most points wins the series and receives the Lone Star Showdown trophy.

Many other schools consider UT among their biggest rivals. This list includes most other colleges in Texas, but especially Baylor (located just up Interstate 35 from UT), Texas Tech, and Houston. Texas is also the biggest rival of the University of Arkansas which may be attributed to their long tenure as the two eponymous state schools of the former Southwest Conference, or to the 1969 game between the two, which decided the national championship in favor of the Longhorns.

Texas maintains a somewhat one-sided series with the Rice Owls. The series, which began in 1914, is the fourth oldest (by number of games) in Texas history. The two schools were once conference foes in the Southwest Conference and the rivalry has continued despite the usual mismatch in ability on the field. The Longhorns' 28 consecutive victories from 1966–1993 represent the sixth longest single-opponent winning streak in college football. The disparity was alluded to by President John F. Kennedy when he compared the challenge of going to the moon to the challenge faced when Rice played Texas. Since the formation of the Big 12 the two teams have met intermittently. Texas won the most recent match-up, in the 2008 game, 52–10.

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2005 NCAA Division I-A football season

George W. Bush and Mack Brown with the 2005 Texas Longhorn football team.jpg

The 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season ended with the least amount of controversy surrounding the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) title game in many years.

To an extent it was a return to classic football. Seven of the eight BCS teams were traditional powerhouses, many of the schools having worn the same uniforms for half a century, and Penn State and Florida State having the same coaches for nearly half a century. Alabama was back in the mix for the SEC title, shaking off the residual effects of NCAA sanctions. And though Penn State is a relative newcomer to the Big Ten, Ohio State and Michigan were still in the running for the conference title until the last game.

The BCS saw good fortune as two teams, the University of Southern California USC Trojans and the University of Texas Longhorns, started the season as #1 and #2, then proceeded to stay there the entire season undefeated, the second year in a row that had happened. The title game was played at the Rose Bowl, where Texas defeated the Trojans, in great part due a stunning performance by Texas quarterback Vince Young who ran the ball into the end zone for the game's winning touchdown. Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush also made a tide turning play, but his was more a benefit for the opponent, as an attempted mid-field pitch came close to being highlight reel material but instead ended up blooper reel. Matt Leinart attempted a last second comeback but fell quite short. The 2005 Longhorns were National Champs and for once no one was trying to dispute that. Unlike the 2004 Orange Bowl national championship game where USC annihilated the Sooners, 55–19, the game didn't turn into a blowout.

There was an unlikely comeback team in the season. UCF came from a helpless 0–11 record in 2004, to a respectable 8–5 record and an appearance in the Conference USA Championship game and a Hawaii Bowl berth. Although their season apparently got off to a poor start with a loss to South Carolina on opening day and a pasting by their intrastate rival, South Florida, they pulled off 8 wins over a 9 game span (only loss was a 31–52 rout by Southern Miss) including getting a win over eventual conference champions, Tulsa. Tulsa got redemption from their earlier loss to Central Florida, destroying them 44–27. In the Hawaii Bowl, the Golden Knights were an extra-point-miss away from sending Nevada to OT.

Steve Spurrier returned to the college coaching ranks for the first time since 2001, taking the reins at South Carolina and turning out a respectable 7–5 season. Urban Meyer, last year's hot coach after leading Utah to an undefeated season took over at Spurrier's old job, Florida. Charlie Weis left the New England Patriots to take over the head coach job at his alma mater Notre Dame and was able to lead them to a BCS bowl.

Barry Alvarez, who turned around a 1–10 Wisconsin program and made it a Big Ten force retired, as did Bill Snyder who turned around Big 8 doormat Kansas State and turned them into a Big 12 power. Dan Hawkins who brought Boise State to the status of a mid-major powerhouse left the Broncos to coach the Colorado Buffaloes, a team trying to change its image after recruiting scandals broke out last year.

One controversy that emerged was Notre Dame, ranked 6th in the BCS Standings with a 9–2 record being selected to play in the Fiesta Bowl over Oregon, ranked 5th in the BCS Standings with a 10–1 record. Notre Dame went on to lose 34–20 against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, while Oregon went on to lose 17–14 against Oklahoma in the Holiday Bowl.

The Heisman Trophy voting was basically a 3 man show: Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart (who won the Heisman Trophy in 2004), and Vince Young, who helped Texas win the national championship for the 1st time since 1970. Bush won the trophy, with Young coming in second.

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