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September 30, 2001
Vincent Young (dual-threat quarterback)
Command of the game: Young is obviously the leader of the Madison team. He?s the one directing the action, he?s the one the team turns to when they need a big play. He definitely has command of his team. As for decision-making, specifically in the passing game, he seems to make the instinctively correct decisions but he doesn?t get the repetitions to fully develop that portion of his game. When it comes to decision-making on the option or in the open-field, he has the knack to make it happen. He gets five out of five for command of his team and a score of one for development in the intricacies of the game itself ? he has a long way to go in this regard, but he definitely has the physical and mental tools to make it happen. Grade: 6
Arm: Young has a strong arm. It?s live enough for him to throw the deep balls and the out routes. It?s not a Michael Bishop cannon but it?s certainly not a rainbow either. Grade: 8
Accuracy: Young has nice touch on the short balls. He?s accurate whether sitting in the pocket or on the roll, which is something he does very well going to either his left or his right. The only thing holding Young back in this regard is the lack of repetitions. Madison is a run-oriented team and it?s hard for Young to get into the flow of the game. Grade: 8
Size and Durability: Young is a very imposing looking figure on the football field. He is at least 6-foot-5. He also is starting to thicken his frame from the last two years. He has the big-time size that is considered ideal in a quarterback and his durability is also very good. He hasn?t missed a game in three years for an injury of any sort, despite the facts that Madison is predominantly a running team and that Young is the guy with the target on his back each week. Grade: 10
Athleticism/mobility/savvy: Mix together agility, quickness, speed and play-making ability and all of the other hard-to-quantify but easy to discern qualities and that?s where athleticism, mobility and savvy come in. Young could easily play another position on the college level. But his athleticism at the quarterback position gives him another dimension. He has strong improvisation skills and he has the extra something mentally that others just notice about him. Grade: 9
Total: 41 out of 50
Young is brimming with raw talent. He also seems to have the intangibles.
If he gets into the right situation, he could become a great quarterback, someone we hear about for years to come. If you?re looking for a comparison, the one that might be fitting is Aaron Brooks. Young is athletic and strong-armed and is learning more and more each week.
He has a long way to go before he can reach his full development, but that is all in his own hands and in the college program he decides to choose.