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Young’s intelligence questioned

Texas coach Brown says report of low test score inaccurate

February 28, 2006

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— Even though Vince Young did not work out at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, the former Texas quarterback was by far the biggest story of the event.

According to various reports, Young either scored poorly on the Wonderlic test, or the test scores were improperly calculated. As of Monday, three people involved in personnel decisions maintain Young scored a 6 on the aptitude test, while Houston general manager Charley Casserly said that figure was inaccurate.

A player taking the Wonderlic test is given 12 minutes to answer 50 multiple-choice questions, which have nothing to do with football. Teams use the test to see how a player learns. Most teams want their quarterbacks to score in the 30s or higher.

"We don't treat the Wonderlic score for a quarterback any different than we do any other position," said Casserly, whose team owns the top pick in the draft. "We have a process that we go through that I don't think is any different than any other team. You have a Wonderlic score, and then you evaluate how the player plays on film."

Texas coach Mack Brown said Young did not score poorly on the test.

"So anyone who is reporting that he did that poorly is wrong, point blank, because I called and asked," Brown said. "I was told it's not true. So it's unprofessional and really, really poor for someone to be reporting a number that they don't know is factual that I know is not factual when a young guy has so much riding on it in the future."

Brown pointed to Young's 163.95 passer-efficiency rating, which led the NCAA during the regular season, and the fact that Young is three hours short of graduating as proof of Young's intelligence.

"Every high-profile guy we've ever had gets beat to death between the end of the college season and the draft," Brown said.

Brown added: "I told Vince when he left, 'Understand you'll be treated more poorly than you've ever been treated because you're so high-

profile.' : I hate that people are taking a shot that is not fair and untrue."

The Wonderlic scores for all of the prospects in Indianapolis have not yet been released to the teams.

But if the reports of the score are accurate, it could hurt Young's standing as one of the top picks, although how much will only be known by draft time in April. One former NFC personnel chief said a low score raises red flags, but a team would be apt to re-test the player if that team had questions about him.

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