Matt Leinart Says Vince Young Was the Best College Quarterback of All Time

Dan CarsonTrending Lead WriterNovember 26, 2013

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When asked who the greatest college quarterback of all time was during a recent interview with Fox Sports 1, former USC quarterback Matt Leinart didn't hesitate.

“My USC faithful is going to be mad at me, but I gotta say Vince Young,” Leinart said (via “And the only reason why, you look at this stats and his stats are staggering. He’s over 6,000 passing yards, over 3,000 rushing yards so he could do both things."

This couldn’t have been an easy one to admit.

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 04:  Quarterback Vince Young #10 of the Texas Longhorns throws the football against the USC Trojans in the third quarter during the BCS National Championship Rose Bowl Game on January 4, 2006 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Dona
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Indeed, hearing Leinart claim the former Texas star was the best college QB to ever put on the pads likely stings for some Trojans fans, many of whom remember all too well how Young and the Longhorns ruined USC’s national title hopes in the 2006 Rose Bowl. 

Leinart certainly hasn’t forgotten the game.

“For me, I personally witnessed him take away my quest for a third national championship,” Leinart admitted. “We had a great defense and nothing against our team, but he single-handedly beat us in the national championship game.”

It’s hard to deny Leinart’s claim. Young had his way with the Trojans defense in that game, racking up 267 yards through the air and 200 on the ground. He scored three touchdowns, the last of which came on a do-or-die scramble with under 30 seconds to play in the fourth quarter.

Whether or not you agree with Leinart’s assessment, you have to give credit where it's due—Vince Young made plays happen when others couldn’t.

He might be buried under a pile of Cheesecake Factory receipts these days, but you can’t take the man’s college achievements away.

Who do you think was the best college quarterback of all time?


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