Texas Longhorns star linebacker Malik Jefferson loves his program, which means he probably has a lot of respect for Vince Young, the quarterback who won the team a national championship in the 2006 Rose Bowl.
However, in a Longhorn Network production meeting, Jefferson mentioned that it’s time for the program to move on from Young.
Jefferson further explained himself, which can be seen in the video above.
“No offense to him, but we gotta get his name out of here. That man still hangs everywhere. It’s the truth. And that has nothing against him, he still is the man around here. It’s facts. And that’s so much respect coming out of my mouth. But when anyone around here hears Vince Young’s name, they’re running to him. It’s mad, deep respect, from the bottom of my heart, that we just have to get his name out of here, because we have not made a change yet. And somebody has to put their foot down one day and make the change.”
Clearly, Jefferson has forgotten about Young’s successor at quarterback, Colt McCoy, who actually put up better overall numbers in four years with the program than Young did in three. That could likely be due to the fact that Young was a dual-threat quarterback while McCoy was a more traditional pocket passer, but it should also be noted that McCoy also led the Longhorns to the BCS National Championship Game his senior season.
Texas would go on to lose that game after McCoy was knocked out early with a shoulder injury, and one can only wonder what could have been had he been able to play the entire game. Anyway, I digress.
Jefferson is 100 percent right in that Texas does need its next great player to step up and lead the team back to glory, be it him or someone else on the team. The Vince Young era was great, but it’s simply time to move on.
Texas will look to improve to 2-1 on the season when it hosts the Cal Golden Bears on Saturday night. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET on Fox.
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