Young thinks he could still end up in Houston

Updated: April 7, 2006, 9:32 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Vince Young isn't daunted by recent speculation that the Houston Texans will use the No. 1 pick in the draft on USC running back Reggie Bush.

The former Texas quarterback said Friday he still thinks his hometown team is open to drafting him.

"That's why I believe that I came here today," Young said. "You never know what is going on. A lot of people say Reggie is going to be here, but you never know."

Young worked out for Texans officials, toured the facilities and met with coaches and some players Friday. Bush met with the Texans on Thursday.

New coach Gary Kubiak and owner Bob McNair were among more than 100 NFL scouts, coaches and executives who also watched Young work out in Austin last month.

Young said Friday's workout consisted mostly of him throwing to a bevy of different receivers.

"Coach Kub [Kubiak] had some rapid fire, trying to keep me moving around, trying to see whether I'd get tired and things like that," he said. "I'm glad I've been continuing working out and staying in shape and throwing the ball."

Young also has visits to Miami, Minnesota, Cleveland and another visit to Tennessee, the owner of the third pick, in upcoming days.

Agent Major Adams said his client hasn't been worn down by all of his visits and recent travel.

"He knows the nature of the business, and he believes that teams want to know who he is," Adams said.

Young's draft stock skyrocketed after his performance in the Rose Bowl, where he accounted for 467 yards in a 41-38 win over USC for the national championship. Young announced four days later he was skipping his senior season to turn pro, and many Texans fans began clamoring for Houston to choose Young.

The Texans extended quarterback David Carr's contract for three years in February, making the possibility of Houston drafting Young look less likely.

Young would love to play for the Texans, but said that if they don't choose him it will simply motivate him to succeed wherever he goes.

"I will always love my hometown, and I will always have respect for my team," Young said. "But if it doesn't work out I'll still love my hometown, but when I come home, I'm going to play.

"Just like I said when we were getting ready for the Rose Bowl. I lost the Heisman [Trophy] and I told those guys that we were going to come out there and play and give it all we've got."

Young brushed off the notion that playing in Houston would be too much pressure for him.

"Yes, Texas is home, and I handled that," he said. "I was kind of in the spotlight in high school as well. Yes, I'll be able to handle it. We're going to have fun, but when it's time for Vince Young to handle his business ... I take it very serious."

Although many coaches and scouts have given him glowing reports, Young has had to contend with reports of a poor score on the Wonderlic test and questions about his quirky throwing motion.

"That is motivation for me,'' he said. "When it's my time to come out and show Vince then you will get the truth. But if you keep going off what somebody else says, I don't believe in that."


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