Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Young Aims to Keep Star on Rise; the Titans Quarterback Lost Some Help and Gained More Fame in the Offseason

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Young Aims to Keep Star on Rise; the Titans Quarterback Lost Some Help and Gained More Fame in the Offseason

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Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT

TITANS AT JAGUARS

When: 1 p.m. Sunday -- Where: Jacksonville Municipal Stadium -- TV: CBS (subject to blackout) -- Records: Season openers

For Vince Young, anticipation for the fall seems to be the byproduct of his success.

The countdown to collapse began a month into the offseason, when his top receivers -- Drew Bennett and Bobby Wade -- signed with other teams and Tennessee's leading rusher (Travis Henry) bolted for Denver.

Doom and gloom, pundits proclaimed. Young doesn't have enough help around him.

But a sophomore slump isn't in the cards for Young, the 2006 NFL Rookie of the Year. He hopes to prove it Sunday when the Titans meet the Jaguars at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.

"People say it is all about me," Young said. "It's about the whole team."

But to a large extent, a football team's success is determined by the play of its trigger man. So it's no surprise that Young took 110 snaps -- the most of any projected starting quarterback in the league -- during the preseason. It's also not surprising that during the offseason, Young began film study of Tennessee's first few opponents.

"I'm very pleased with his offseason and what he did throughout the offseason, through the OTAs, even through the off time," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. "He's way ahead of where he was last year."

That's especially promising for Tennessee when considering his wildly successful rookie campaign.

Young was the first rookie to throw three touchdown passes of 20 yards or more, in addition to running for three more TDs of 20 yards or more. He won the fifth-most games of any rookie quarterback since 1970 and became the first rookie in the Super Bowl era to rush for at least 500 yards.

"He's been able to win everywhere he's been," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said.

Interestingly, none of Young's rookie success came against the Jaguars. In two games against the Jaguars, he completed less than 50 percent of his passes and rushed for a combined 18 yards. …

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