January 8, 2006

Texas quarterback Young declares for NFL draft

NEW YORK (Reuters) - University of Texas quarterback Vince
Young, fresh from leading the Longhorns to their first national
championship in 36 years, announced on Sunday that he would be
entering this year's NFL draft.

Just four days after guiding the Longhorns to a 41-38 upset
Rose Bowl win over the University of Southern California, Young
said he would not to return to Texas for his senior year.

"I've decided to enter the draft this year and go to the
NFL," Young told a news conference. "I know that everybody is
behind me, and I thank God for that. I won't let ya'll down."

Young is likely to be one of the top picks in the 2006
draft, which will also include USC quarterback Matt Leinart
while Trojans Heisman Trophy winning running back Reggie Bush
is also expected to declare for the lottery.

Runner-up in Heisman balloting to Bush, Young's stock rose
dramatically with his brilliant performance in the national
championship showdown against the top-ranked USC.

He passed for 267 yards and ran for 200 yards and three
touchdowns, including the game winner with 19 seconds left to

Young, who was 30-2 with the Longhorns, is also the first
player in NCAA history to pass for 3,000 yards and make 1,000
more on the ground in the same season.

(Writing by Steve Keating in Toronto)