AUSTIN, Texas — Vince Young picked some familiar ground as he tries to resurrect his sinking NFL career.
Out of football since being cut by the Buffalo Bills before last season, the former University of Texas star used the Longhorns’ pro timing day workouts Tuesday to throw passes in front of scouts for 30 teams.
Seven years earlier, Young, 29, used the same venue to make his case as the top quarterback in the draft. This time, he was just trying to show teams he’s worthy of a roster spot.
Young declined interviews with dozens of reporters, but Young’s agent Jerry Marlatt said that Young chose the Texas workout because he’s comfortable on campus and it got him in front of nearly every team at once.
Young is enrolled in school and will finish his degree in May, Marlatt said.
Marlatt said Young doesn’t have any individual team workouts scheduled yet, but called Tuesday “the opening shot … He’s showing teams he’s been working out, throwing and getting ready.”
Young, has been on a dizzying fall since he was drafted third overall by the Tennessee Titans in 2006 after leading the Longhorns to the national championship. The 2006 Offensive Rookie of the Year twice played in the Pro Bowl with the Titans.
But questions over his work ethic, leadership and injuries led to his release from Tennessee after the 2010 season. Young played 2011 as a backup in Philadelphia and was trying to make the roster in Buffalo when he was cut there.
Young threw for about 30 minutes in a workout directed by Texas offensive coordinator Major Applewhite. Most of the scouts that came to inspect Texas players such as safety Kenny Vacarro and defensive end Alex Okafor stayed to watch Young throw. Despite the recent trend of offenses using the read-option, Young did not run for scouts.
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