No 'Chance'? Mock, Coaches To Decide Future At UT

Mock, hoping for NFL attention, considers transfer

Former starting QB <B>Chance Mock</B> will meet with Texas coaches some time next month to determine the junior's future with the Longhorn program, offensive coordinator <B>Greg Davis</B> said Tuesday.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Tuesday that Mock is considering transferring to a Division I-AA school in order to log more playing time and enhance his NFL prospects. Division I-A athletes are required to sit out a year to regain eligibility after transferring to another Division I-A program.

"I told Chance that we would sit down and visit between the A&M game and the bowl game," Davis said, "and he agreed that, right now, everything should be on Texas A&M, and Texas trying to get another victory. That's the extent of what we've talked about."

For now, expect Mock to direct the offense sometime in the first half against the Aggies. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m., Friday, at Kyle Field in College Station. Head coach Mack Brown said coaches will discuss on Wednesday Mock's rotation at A&M. Davis, meanwhile, said "nothing has changed" following the junior's season-saving TD drive against Texas Tech.

"We were going to play Chance the third offensive series the other night (Nov. 15 vs. Tech) but, as you know, he asked not to go in," Davis said. "We plan on playing both quarterbacks. We'll just figure out how is the best way."

When asked if he was concerned Mock would transfer, Davis replied, "I'm concerned about Texas A&M and trying to get ready for that ballgame."

A Mock transfer would represent a considerable blow to a Texas team that a) has neither an experienced nor a comparable backup in Matt Nordgren; b) does not have a single verbal commitment from a bumper crop of Texas high school quarterbacks and, c) is facing defenses that are increasingly adjusting to try to contain Vince Young.

"I think that (defensive adjustments) is what we're going to see and I've felt that early," Davis said. "People were not just going to let him run around the edge forever. That's why we've been constantly adding things (such as) the quarterback counter, or more emphasis on the quarterback draw, or some things that we can guarantee that he gets the ball."

But the operative question regarding Mock's future with the Horns is how much he will get the ball, since coaches are not backing off from Young's first-team status. In short, can Mock get enough quality snaps in this offense to garner the attention of NFL scouts as he would were he to transfer to a lower-profile program?

Davis believes that he can – and has.

"I think he got five (snaps) the other night (against Texas Tech) that showed he can play," Davis said. "To come in with 1:56 (remaining), 86 yards away, and no time outs -- that shows quite a bit. That shows quite a bit of poise."

Mock has completed 86 of 149 attempts (57.7 percent) for 1,288 yards, including 15 TD and just two INT (both against Oklahoma) this season. Yet no completions were more critical than the four (of five) he made in the final offensive series against Texas Tech.

Mock said afterwards that he "felt like he earned his scholarship" in addition to possibly earning Texas -- well, actually the Big 12 -- another $10 million, roughly the amount the program stood to lose had Tech knocked Texas out of the lucrative BCS Bowl picture for the second year in a row.

Brown told reporters earlier this year that all three QBs assured him that they would not transfer. (One may assume, however, that both Mock and Young expected to hold down the starting assignment by season's end. No high school All-American expects to hold the clipboard in college.)

Brown named Young the starting quarterback two days after Texas lost to Oklahoma, a game that Mock started but Young handled the vast majority of the snaps. Coaches attributed the change to Young's "shocking" development, his "phenomenal" skills plus his deft orchestration of Texas' comeback win against Kansas State.

"As we said five weeks ago, it wasn't what he (Mock) was doing, it was what the other guy (Young) was doing," Davis said. "That was totally the case."

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