A magnificent seven from Football's title team hope to make mark in NFL
Much as he did while wearing his familiar No. 10 burnt orange Texas jersey, Vince Young led the Longhorns in last spring’s NFL
Draft and was the most celebrated member of the National Championship team in NFL camps this summer.
However, the gifted quarterback was not the only player from the 2005 season title team to make his mark this summer as the "Texas 7" graduated to the NFL.
Joining Young, a first-round pick of the Tennessee Titans, were defensive back Michael Huff in Oakland; cornerback Cedric Griffin in Minnesota; and tight end David Thomas in New England.
Rounding out those in NFL training camps as the exhibition season closed were defensive tackle Rodrique Wright in Miami; offensive tackle Jonathan Scott in Detroit; and running back Ahmard Hall, a free agent who joined Young in Tennessee.
The spotlight was on Young in Nashville as it was on him in Pasadena, Calif., last January when he scored the game-winning touchdown against USC.
The No. 3 pick overall in the NFL Draft and owner of a $58 million contract, Young slammed his hand against a helmet in practice in
late August and even hurt his ankle in the Titans' exhibition opener.
Those "hurts" paled in comparison to a 50-yard pass he lofted in the exhibition opener against New Orleans that was dropped by a Titans receiver.
Huff, the No. 7 pick overall in the NFL Draft, was in training camp from day one and that got the attention of his coach, Art Shell, who admitted early-on in camp that Huff "had every chance to win the starting role (at strong safety)."
And even though Huff remained a backup at strong safety as the exhibition season ended, he was philosophical, telling CBS Sports.com, "I'm going to learn and get better every day and whenever it's my time to get on the field, I will be ready."
Griffin, the 48th selection overall in the NFL Draft who received $1.62 million in guaranteed money with the Vikings, was second-string left cornerback on the Minnesota depth chart as camp concluded. The 6-foot, 203-pound defensive back impressed the Vikings' coaches with his athleticism and his competitiveness.
Tight end David Thomas was running third team at tight end in New England as the summer drew to a close, while Jonathan Scott was the No. 2 left tackle for the Lions as they broke camp.
Rodrique Wright, the 6-foot-5, 303-pound defensive tackle, remained a part of the Miami Dolphins and Ahmard Hall, the 5-11,
235-pound running back, caught the eye of Titans coach Jeff Fisher in Tennessee's first exhibition game of the summer against New Orleans.
In the game report of the Titans' loss to the Saints, Fisher noted that Hall played well, commenting particularly that the Texas ex picked up a blitz that enabled QB Billy Volek to complete a long pass.
Hall also had a key block on a touchdown run by Travis Henry.
Hall, who started that game in mid-August, also found himself in the huddle with Young during the second half.
Just like old times.