Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

TALE OF THE TAPE; Second-Year Stars Face Off

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

TALE OF THE TAPE; Second-Year Stars Face Off

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Today's season opener matches two of the NFL's most exciting young offensive players. Titans quarterback Vince Young and Jaguars running back Maurice Drew combined for 35 touchdowns in their rookie seasons. Here's how they stack up:

Vince Young******************Maurice Drew

6-foot-5, 233 pounds******SIZE*********5-foot-7, 208 pounds

Won with 23 votes***ROOKIE OF THE YEAR VOTING***Tied for second with 9 votes

12 passing, 7 rushing***TOUCHDOWNS IN 2006******13 rushing, 2 receiving, 1 kick return

First, No. 3 pick overall***ROUND DRAFTED******Second, No. 60 pick overall

"Sloppy throwing motion and**********NFL SKEPTICS SAID ...***"Not as effective as a short-yardage runner nor releases the ball below***************a pile mover. Lack of height could turn teams***helmet level at times. Wilts***************off. May not be a back for everyone."

under the rush, making poor

choices, and leaves the

pocket early."

Won 2005 national******COLLEGE HIGHLIGHT******Rushed for 322 yards and scored five TDs

championship and Rose***************against Washington as a sophomore at UCLA.

Bowl MVP award after rushing************Ran for 169 yards and three TDs in his first***for 200 yards and three TDs***************four carries.

and passing for 267 yards in

Texas' victory over USC.

He's big and not easily***************ELUSIVE RUNNER BECAUSE ...***Lack of height works to his advantage because

brought down. Faster than he***************defenders can't see him until he reaches the

appears and possesses the***************second level. Once there, he's tough to tackle

field vision of a running back.***************one-on-one.

Wears No. 10 because his******FAMILY TIES******Changed his name to Jones-Drew to honor

mother, Felicia, has a June***************his grandfather, who died watching him

10 birthdate.******************play against Rice.

Has starred in a reality television*************MARKETABILITY******Part of the advertising campaign for

show and owns several***************Campbell's Chunky Soup. …

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