college football teams didn't accept blacks
as part of their organization until the
60's. Even then they were usually playing
positions that exploited their athleticism
because it was thought that the Black
man couldn't play the quarterback position.
It was considered a "smart
man's" position and therefore no
way a Black man could be a leader.
forward to the college game of today and
you'll see the Black quarterback is doing
big things and in fact leading his team
to national prominence. Take three glowing
examples: Vince Young of the University
of Texas, Troy Smith of Ohio State University,
and Michael Robinson of Pennsylvania State
University. These three quarterbacks waited
patiently while being backups for a while.
They are also learning when to use their
athleticism and when to stay in the pocket
and get their skill position players involved.
For these three players it continues to
be a learning experience that time and
time again rewards them with accolades
and allows them to pile up win after win.
Vince Young, it's capped off with a national
championship for his Longhorns! Their
first in more than thirty years and he
did it in thrilling fashion beating USC
the two-time defending national champions,
almost single handedly throwing for 267
yards off of 30-40 passing and running
for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns! Yeah,
he was that bad going through the staunch
'SC defense like swiss cheese. For the
season, Young was simply amazing,
breaking opposing teams backs however,
they wanted to let him. Through the air
he completed 212 of 325 passes for 3036
yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Longhorns finally beat Oklahoma under
head coach Mack Brown 45-12 on October
the 8 th going 14-27 for 241 yards. Young
has continued to grow as a player and
showed it this season in several ways.
Against Oklahoma State Young passed for
239 yards and 2 touchdowns while rushing
for 267 yards and 2 touchdowns. Against
Colorado in the regular season Young threw
went 25-29 for 336 yards and 2 touchdowns
and ran for 3 touchdowns.
6-5, 225 lbs. junior, Young has the right
combination of speed, elusiveness, and
a gun for an arm. In fact, he reminds
many of tall Michael Vick, just not as
fast. He too, has had the opportunity
to leave school and will undoubtedly be
pressured to do so again after his sparkling
Rose Bowl performance but, continues to
say he will return to attempt a repeat.
He brings confidence to his team that
can be seen in the way the players around
him believe and play hard for him. Against
USC, Texas was down double digits and
could have folded but Young's energy on
the sidelines was contagious and kept
the team believing.
same can be said for Michael Robinson.
The 6-2 220 lb. Robinson is perserverance
in a nutshell. After playing wide receiver,
running back and backing up other quarterback
Zach Mills, Robinson, in his fifth season
finally got the chance to run the show.
He has had a great season and will look
to be a middle to late round pick at least.
A tough runner who has a running backs
frame, Robinson has willed himself into
Joe Paterno's starting lineup at QB and
hasn't disappointed, only losing to Michigan
in a heartbreaker after going 19-34 for
239 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. A
late minute Michigan touchdown prevented
the Nittany Lions from giving the BCS
some serious fits.
the season, Robinson went 162 for 311
with 2350 yards and 17 touchdowns compared
to 10 interceptions. In the teams triple
overtime win versus Florida State for
the Orange Bowl win, Robinson threw for
253 yards and a touchdown helping Joe
Paterno capture his record 21 st bowl
win. Florida State did a good job stopping
his running game but he like any good
player, found a way to get the victory.
again, always an underdog, Robinson could
be found on the sidelines during the game
rallying the team to keep on plugging
until they finally made enough plays and
after two misses in the big game Kevin
Kelly finally knocked home a game winning
field goal to lead the team off the field
Smith has game and put on a showcase at
the Fiesta Bowl against the upstart Fighting
Irish of Notre Dame. The 6-1 215 lb. Junior
went 19-28 for 328 yards and 2 touchdowns.
While not a prolific passer (Ohio State
is a power running team) Smith will only
get better as this was his first full
season starting after splitting time last
season. This season he went 149-237 for
2282 yards, 16 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions.
He ran for 11 touchdowns as well.
and let's not forget West Virginia freshman
quarterback Pat White who lead his team
to a victory over Georgia in the Sugar
Bowl.White started for the Mountaineers
and went 11 for 14 for 120 yards and 1
touchdown. He also ran for 77 yards
and helped a pro-Georgia crowd go home
unhappy! Keep playing like that and get
some full-time starts instead of splitting
time with tow other quarterbacks and I'll
have to choice but put him on my new list
next season and give him a pic too!
people want to say that the black and
athletic quarterback have little place
in football when it comes to wins and
that they bring excitement to the table
at the expense of winning. This season
these three quarterbacks threw that myth
in the trash and stepped on it like Rick
James did Eddie Murphy's couch. Let's
hope the change continues and we see more
teams taking a chance on debunking
old school myths!
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