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Freshman will start against Iowa State

10/13/2003 - Texas Longhorns

AUSTIN -- Even after studying what went wrong against
Oklahoma, Texas coach Mack Brown is trying to figure out how it
happened.

"I'm not sleeping because I've got so much to do, I'm lost,"
he said Monday.

One solution may be some personnel changes, although Brown would
admit to only one.

Brown said redshirt freshman Vince Young will replace Chance
Mack as the starting quarterback against Iowa State on Saturday. In
the 65-13 loss to the Sooners, Young threw for 135 yards with two
interceptions and ran for 127 yards, including a dazzling
59-yarder.

"He made some really good players look foolish in the open
field," Brown said. "He's a special athlete, and he'll grow into
a special quarterback."

Young's poise under pressure impressed Brown and his teammates.

"He's one of the most composed players I've ever seen as a
freshman," senior Brett Robin said. "Vince thrives on big
situations."

Robin said in his first Texas-OU game he felt like throwing up.
Not Young.

"I never saw on his face any fear," senior receiver B.J.
Johnson said.

The Longhorns (4-2, 1-1 Big 12) fell nine spots in the poll to
No. 20, ending a streak of 50 straight appearances in the top 15.

To recover, they'll need to clean up flaws such as six
turnovers, 552 yards allowed and 112 penalty yards. Texas has done
a good job of bouncing back after losing to OU the last three
years, having won the following game each time.

The Longhorns met as usual Sunday afternoon, watched some film
and went through a typical two-hour practice. Then they did
something different.

"We conditioned a bit more," Robin said. "We ran a lot of
sprints, 100s over and over again."

Maybe it was punishment. Maybe it was just a drill to allow the
players to release some of their frustration and to feel a
different kind of pain.

"I never thought I would have this same exact feeling in my
heart for four years," said senior wide receiver Sloan Thomas,
tears welling in his eyes. "We have to stop being babies and grow
up."