Horns fans, sit tight. This isn’t a negative commentary on what Vince Young did for Texas. He was arguably the most unstoppable quarterback to ever take the field for the Longhorns.
However, Young’s greatness in college didn’t carry over to a distinguished career in the NFL.
At UT, he threw for 6,040 yards in just three years. He also ran for 3,127 yards on the ground including his 8-yard touchdown scramble to defeat USC in the National Championship game.
He completed 61.8 percent of his pass attempts and sits at No. 7 on Texas’ all-time passing yards chart. Young finished his career at No. 5 on the chart but has since been passed by Colt McCoy and Sam Ehlinger.
Young had 81 career touchdowns at Texas and was the Heisman Trophy runner-up to Reggie Bush in 2005. Like Leinart, he lost just two games during his collegiate career.
After upsetting Leinart’s chance at back-to-back titles, Young headed to the NFL Draft and was taken 3rd overall by the Tennessee Titans.
Playing in the league for six years, Young had a fairly successful first two seasons with the Titans. He totaled 4,745 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Interceptions were a problem for the former Longhorn though. In six years, Young threw 51 interceptions and just 46 touchdown passes. He was sacked 83 times and threw for fewer than 9,000 career yards.