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Young gets nod as All-American

By wire services
Published December 14, 2005


Vince Young can claim at least one victory over Southern California this season.

The Texas quarterback was selected to the Associated Press All-America team released Tuesday, relegating USC's Matt Leinart to second team.

Young was runnerup in the Heisman Trophy voting to Trojans tailback Reggie Bush and was one of four Longhorns on the first team. Bush was one of three All-Americans from top-ranked USC and a unanimous first-team selection.

The real test for No. 2 Texas comes Jan. 4 in the Rose Bowl, when the Longhorns and Trojans play for the national title.

Young didn't hide his disappointment when Bush won the Heisman in a landslide Saturday night.

"This should give me a little bit more edge to show the world what a good team the University of Texas is," he said.

Always dynamic on the move, Young proved he could be a top-flight passer this season. He leads the nation in efficiency rating (168.8) with 2,769 yards and 26 touchdown passes. He also leads the team with 850 yards rushing.

Texas offensive tackle Jonathan Scott also made the first team, along with teammates Michael Huff, who won the Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back, and defensive tackle Rodrique Wright.

Wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett and safety Darnell Bing were the other USC All-Americans.

USC and Texas led with seven players each receiving All-America mention.

UAB: Coach Watson Brown is giving up his duties as athletic director. Richard Margison, vice president for finance and administration, will run the athletic department on an interim basis.

ARIZONA ST.: Coach Dirk Koetter will have his contract extended after leading the Sun Devils to a bowl for the second straight season. His contract is set to expire after the 2007 season.

MISS. ST.: Running back Jerious Norwood was picked to play in the Jan. 28 Senior Bowl.

MO. SOUTHERN: Northwest Missouri State assistant Bart Tatum was hired as coach of the Division II Lions, replacing John Ware, who died of a heart attack in September.

STONY BROOK: Chuck Priore was hired as coach of the Division I-AA team after six years at Division III Trinity (Conn.), which has won 30 games in a row.

W. VA.: Center Dan Mozes was cited by Morgantown police for celebrating the Mountaineers' first Big East championship in 12 years too loudly. Mozes faces arraignment Jan. 11 in Morgantown Municipal Court on misdemeanors of loud and unnecessary noise and dealing in stolen goods. The latter charge stemmed from city street signs that were found in his residence Saturday, according to a statement by officer William Runyan.