Young tells Leno he hasn't decided about future

Updated: January 5, 2006, 11:33 PM ET
Associated Press

BURBANK, Calif. -- Vince Young says he hasn't decided whether to skip his senior year and turn pro, a looming question after his last-minute heroics led Texas over USC for the national championship.

Young and Leno
Young appeared on "The Tonight Show" one night after winning Texas' first national championship since 1970.

"I don't know, man. I've got to sit down with my family ... pray with my pastor and see what the NFL guys think about me," Young said Thursday on the "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."

The 22-year-old quarterback lifted the Longhorns to a 41-38 Rose Bowl win over top-ranked Southern California Wednesday with a 9-yard touchdown run on fourth down with 19 seconds left. He ran for 200 yards and passed for another 267 in the game.

Despite a stellar year, Young placed second to Trojans running back Reggie Bush for the Heisman Trophy.

Asked whether the Heisman should be voted on in January -- after his game-winning performance in the Rose Bowl -- instead of December, Young acknowledged he wanted the trophy.

But "I've got the biggest one: A national championship," he said. "And I'm on Jay Leno."

Young, who was given a hometown welcome on the show, drew more applause when he said the main advantage of finishing college would be "getting a degree for my mom."

He also thanked his mother, sisters and grandmother, women he says have had a large influence on his life and success.

When Young was growing up, his mother said he might end up in jail or killed if he didn't stay out of trouble and told him to focus on something positive.

"So I focused on football," he said, "and I just went from there."


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