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July 29, 2013

Top 10 all-time quarterbacks in Texas college football

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His jersey number "8" is retired at TCU and his memory is kept very much alive by his prominently displayed Heisman Trophy in TCU's football complex.

1. Vince Young, Texas (2003-05): Say what you will – even I hate to admit it – but as far as college quarterbacks go, there are probably less than five players in the history of the nation that can compare to Vince Young's sheer dominance when he was at Texas. He may not have the laundry list of awards that some signal callers on this list do, but if you saw Young play in his prime, there was no doubting his abilities. Even as a redshirt freshman backup, he put up great numbers including 1,155 yards through the air and another 998 on the ground. But in his two years as a starter in Austin, Young was virtually unstoppable. 

As a sophomore, he led the Longhorns to an 11-1 record and the school's first-ever Rose Bowl appearance and win, for which he was named MVP. Then came 2005. Young became the first player in NCAA history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for another 1,000; only one other player has done it since. He led the Longhorns in a dominant undefeated season capped by a National Championship won in the Rose Bowl against a USC team that featured two Heisman winners. If you are among the few who did not watch that game, don't worry, the Longhorn Network virtually plays it on repeat, as they should. Young put the team on his back and virtually won that game by himself. No one could find an answer for him all season. A lot of credit goes to Mack Brown's coaching staff for changing the offense so that it would cater specifically to Young's talents. 

Young also played with one of the most talented rosters from top-to-bottom in college football history, but there was no question it was Vince Young's team. It was nothing short of a crime that he did not win the Heisman that year; but the All-American was awarded the O'Brien, the Maxwell, the Manning and multiple Player of the Year honors. He is one of only four players in history to win the Rose Bowl MVP twice. 

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    I'm speaking, of course, about sports hate – the only beautiful kind. It's the stuff built on history and tradition that inspires simply the fiercest and most entertaining games of every season.

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