Texas' Young leaves to NFL

Published: Monday, January 9, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 9, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
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Texas quarterback Vince Young will make himself eligible for this year's NFL draft.

The Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - Vince Young is headed to the NFL.
The Texas quarterback, who led the Longhorns to their first national championship in 36 years, announced Sunday he would make himself eligible for the April draft.
Young maintained during the season that he would to return for his senior year, but said his Rose Bowl performance put him "over the top."
"Hard work has paid off a whole lot," he said.
Young was spectacular in Texas' 41-38 Rose Bowl win over top-ranked Southern California on Wednesday, and he would have been a favorite to win the Heisman Trophy had he decided to return.
The versatile quarterback accounted for 467 yards against USC - 200 running and 267 passing - and ran 8 yards for the winning touchdown with 19 seconds left.
Young thanked many people, including his family and coach Mack Brown, who was at the American Football Coaches Association Convention and could not attend Sunday's news conference. He specifically thanked Brown for "helping me become a better man."
In a statement, Brown said he met with Young and his family Sunday morning and fully supports Young's decision.
"We love Vince and appreciate all the great things he's done for the University of Texas on and off the field," Brown said. "We'll miss him, but want him to do as well in the NFL as he did in college."
In his eight seasons at Texas, Brown never before has had a player leave early for the NFL.
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