A QB worthy of college HOF Class of 2019? It’s Vince Young

Vince Young photo courtesy of the University of Texas/Lonnie Sigmon

The College Football Hall of Fame will announce its Class of 2019 this winter and if there’s a quarterback included in that class, it should be Vince Young of Texas.

So say the listeners and readers of the Talk of Fame Network, who in our most recent poll overwhelmingly voted Young the best quarterback candidate on the 2018 slate. Young received 47.9 percent of the vote to easily outdistance Pitt’s Matt Cavanaugh at 14.9 percent and Nebraska’s Eric Crouch at 13.2 percent.

Michael Bishop of Kansas State, Tim Couch of Kentucky, Cade McNown of UCLA, Carson Palmer of Southern Cal, Jake Plummer of Arizona State and Antwaan Randle-El or Indiana all finished with single-digit support.

Young was a first-team All-America in 2005 after leading the Longhorns to a national title. He won both the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien awards in becoming the first NCAA FBS history to pass for 3,000 and rush for 1,000 in a single season. Young became a first-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans and went on to win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2006.

The three Talk of Fame Network hosts were in rare agreement with the poll results. Ron Borges, Rick Gosselin and Clark Judge all cast their ballots for Young.

“If this is only about what you did in college it seems to me that no one can catch Vince Young,” Borges said. “That was USC’s problem and it’s the same for everyone else on this list, deserving though a number of them also may be.”

Cavanaugh was the All-America quarterback in 1976 after leading Pitt to a national championship. He led the Panthers to three consecutive bowl wins and was the game MVP of both the 1977 Sugar and 1977 Gator Bowls. Cavanaugh finished second all-time in school history in total yards (3,916) to Tony Dorsett.

Crouch was the All-America quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner in 2001 after leading the Huskers to a national championship. He posted a 42-9 career starting record, taking Nebraska to four consecutive bowl games. He set an NCAA record for career rushing TDs by a quarterback with 59.

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  1. Eugene Dunn
    June 13, 2018

    Suggestion: do a poll asking which coach is most deserving of CFHOF induction and make sure Howard Schnellenberger is on the list who veteran sportswriter John Underwood wrote, “Leading the University of Miami to a Championship may have been the greatest coaching job ever in football.”

  2. Eugene Dunn
    June 13, 2018

    Better yet, how about a straight up or down vote on this question: Do you support the National Football Foundation, which tours itself as “representing all that’s good about the game of football” trading out universally-known double murderer, O.J. Simpson from the College Football Hall of Fame in favor of Howard Schnellenberger—the greatest dynasty building genius the sport has ever known who is backed by the greatest coalition in the history of sports (Belichick, Shula, Bowden, Trump, etc.) ??

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