With Texas trailing 35-7 in the first half against Oklahoma State last season, Young engineered the biggest comeback in school history, leading the Longhorns to 49 consecutive points, and he displayed last-minute heroics against Kansas.
Keep 'em guessing
Young is a defensive coordinator's worst nightmare. Game-plan around Young's scrambling ability and he'll show you he's not afraid to throw the deep pass. Or he can simply hand off.
"He's as feared with the ball in his hands as any quarterback in the history of the game," Kiper said. "He's a righthanded Michael Vick. Had there been no Michael Vick, Vince Young would have been the greatest multidimensional quarterback to ever play college football."
The concern among scouts is asking Young to do too much with his legs.
"If he's not an effective passer, it's asking a lot for a quarterback to beat you with his legs," one NFC scout said. "People like for quarterbacks to throw the ball. If he can be effective with his throwing motion, I'm fine with that. (2004 first-round pick) Philip Rivers has a funny throwing motion."
Although Vick possessed a stronger arm than Young at the same stage, at least two scouts say the Pro Bowl quarterback for the Falcons is not a pure passer and is a "work in progress" despite being in the NFL for four seasons.
Draft position might be too early to determine, but Kiper projects Young as a potential first-round pick in 2006 or 2007. Some teams might select Young based solely on his athletic ability, others might take him as a project to refine his quarterbacking skills. Others might attempt to convert him to wide receiver a la Matt Jones, the former Arkansas quarterback taken late in the first round by Jacksonville this spring.
"He may not want to hear this, but he might be a wide receiver in the making," one AFC scout said. "He could project as a wide receiver in our league. But I think first and foremost everybody will give him an opportunity to be a quarterback."
The scout adds Young is on par with any of the top receivers to enter the draft and some of the league's established dual-threat quarterbacks.
Staying or leaving?
Young says his decision whether to enter the NFL draft after this season will be based on several factors. He needs 43 credit hours to complete his degree in education, something he promised his mother, Felicia, he would finish. He'll seek advice from McNair, with whom he has developed a close bond. Some of UT's top players such as Ricky Williams, Roy Williams, Benson and Derrick Johnson have put million-dollar payouts on hold to complete their college eligibility.
"The choice is up to Vince. It's his life," Felicia Young said. "I've told him football won't be there forever. I would prefer for him to finish school and go from there."
The scouts agree.
"It would help Vince to be there two more years at quarterback," Shonka said. "If being an NFL quarterback is what he wants to do, stay at the University of Texas and concentrate on the fundamentals of quarterback play."