Englewood, Colo. Broncos rookie defensive lineman Tim Crowder wasn't allowed to so much as breathe on Vince Young in their college days at Texas.
Finally, the no-touch edict has been removed. Crowder gets his chance to deliver a hit on the Tennessee Titans quarterback.
That is, if he can catch up to him.
"Vince is a Superman who doesn't need a phone booth," Crowder said of his former Longhorns teammate. "He's really good. He is so effortless when he makes plays."
Young has the Denver defense on edge. The Broncos have been struggling with the run all season, giving up 151 yards a game, and now they face a mobile quarterback tonight.
"Vince is a very talented quarterback," Denver defensive boss Jim Bates said. "He's definitely a threat every time the ball is snapped."
Young has rushed for 217 yards and two touchdowns this season. He's also coming off a game in which he threw for a career-high 257 yards in a loss to Jacksonville last Sunday.
Denver's plan is simple: keep him in the pocket. The Broncos don't want to see him rolling out.
"He's one of the best quarterbacks going once he starts running," Broncos defensive lineman Sam Adams said. "But he doesn't have to just run to make plays. He's making plays with his arm, too."
Dre' Bly thinks a spy is definitely in order for Young. That way, he's accounted for at all times.
"Everything they do starts with Vince, and for us to be successful we have to keep Vince contained," Bly said. "He poses a threat throwing the football, running the football and we have our work cut out for us. This is a team you need to worry about."