Although Vince Young‘s NFL career may not have been what fans had hoped it would be, no one can doubt that he’s one of the best collegiate quarterbacks to ever play the game. He made the zone read offense popular and gave two of the best postseason performances in college football history, including his 467 total yards in the Texas Longhorns‘ National Championship victory over the USC Trojans in the 2006 Rose Bowl.
Although it appears that his playing career may be over, the good news for Texas fans is that he’s enrolled at UT this spring and is expected to graduate in May. As a result, he’s been spending a lot of time with the football team, particularly quarterbacks David Ash, Case McCoy, Connor Brewer, Jalen Overstreet and Tyrone Swoopes.
Rumor has it that Young has been talking to them, particularly Ash as the Longhorns’ presumed starting quarterback next fall, about the importance of being a team leader. Who better to teach a young quarterback about what it takes to be a leader than the guy who led the Longhorns to their first national title in 30 years while carrying his teammates on his shoulders?
Some will say the one thing that hinders Ash from becoming great is his lack of leadership skills, but with Young around, that could soon change.
Earlier this evening, ex-Longhorn football player Rod Babers tweeted out that Vince “scolded” the quarterbacks earlier today for leaving practice with the rest of the team, telling them that they needed to stay longer and throw. This type of example and leadership is exactly what this group, especially Ash, needs.
Again, say what you want about his NFL career, but Vince Young knows what it takes to be an elite college quarterback. Though he isn’t officially on the coaching staff at Texas (at least not yet, anyway), his knowledge , experience and leadership skills are huge assets to his former team. His involvement is exactly what this young group of quarterbacks needs as they prepare to take the next step and carry the Longhorns back to the top.