Birthday: May 18, 1983
Earlier in his career at Texas, Vince Young looked like a future NFL star …as a wide receiver. A rare athlete with prototypical size and gamebreaking running ability, the Houston Madison High School product lacked the passing efficiency of a top pro quarterback prospect despite having a strong arm and a quick release. Young improved dramatically in that area in 2005, as he exceeded his passer rating (NFL formula) from the previous season by nearly 30 points with a score of 109.2.
Young is a tough competitor and a natural leader, the kind of player that teammates look to and rally around. He is very loose and poised under pressure. Despite carrying the ball so often and being a marked man, he has held up very well.
Young worked primarily out of the shotgun at Texas so he will have to learn to scan the field as he drops back from under center in the NFL. He flourished in college after the Longhorn coaches decided to “let Vince be Vince” and stopped trying to fix his sidearm delivery, temper his penchant for taking risks, and make him into more of a pro-style quarterback. Whether that approach will work in the NFL remains to be seen.
Young has the tools and intangibles and if he goes to a team that is willing to build its offense around his talents, in time he could become a dominant player. However, he will have to go through a learning period and adapt to a more structured scheme in almost any case.
(profile written by Warren DeLuca)
Vince Young’s 2005 Stats G ATT CMP % YDS TD INT 13 325 212 65.2 3,036 26 10 Vince Young Home