"I was like, Yeah, man. Be cool with it, but I was telling him to go ahead and stay," Young said. "I said, Stay here with your brother and have some fun, man. Youre gonna be playing no matter what. They see you. You do a great job, on the field and off the field."
Mock indicated just before the Texas A&M game that he is considering a transfer to a Division-II program. The junior, of course, started the first six games of the season while Young has held the starting spot in the six games since the Oklahoma loss. Young took most of the snaps in the 65-13 debacle, but Texas has since reeled off six straight wins en route to a No. 5 national ranking.
Young said he is disheartened by the prospect of a Mock transfer but believes Chance will be back at the Forty Acres next season.
"Hes a competitor," Young said. "Teams like that. I dont know what coach dont like that, because its crazy if they dont like that. I want him to stay and Im pretty sure that he probably will stay."
Added Young: "I was like, Yeah you taught me a lot, but I want him to stay. Both of us are going to keep on making the team focused and just go out there and play. Whoever is in the game, we just have to come through and be a good leader out there, making the plays, and keeping the team focused."
Young, the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, passed for 1,040 yards and ran for 948 yards, the third-best rushing stat among all D-I quarterbacks. His 7.52 yards-per-carry leads the nation. Young was an instrumental part of Texas mid-season offensive resurgence that resulted in a 242 ypg rushing average (NCAA No. 5 and tops in the Big 12). The Horns rushed for an anemic 135.4 yards-per-game (NCAA No. 74) last year.
Meanwhile, Mock was listed among the Top Five national quarterbacks in passing efficiency as a starter. On the season, Mock completed 86-of 149 passes (57.7 percent) for 1,288 yards and 15 touchdowns against just two INT. His TD-to-INT ratio is tied for best in the nation (matching Utah QB Alex Smith). And, of course, Mock orchestrated that seven-play, 86-yard game-winning drive to beat Texas Tech, 43-40.
But can Mock get the snaps he needs at Texas to satisfy his competitive spirit and develop as a QB who dreams of taking his game to the NFL?
"I basically told him that Im supporting him in whatever he does," Young said. "I mean, hes part of our family. If he leaves, were gonna be down. Hes done a whole lot for our team, and hes done a whole lot for me. Just hearing him talk about (transferring) brought me down."
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