Texas' quarterback Vince Young scrambles into the end zone for a touchdown during fourth quarter action against USC in the 2005 National Championship game. (Rodolfo Gonzalez / American-Statesman)

Texas vs. USC: A tale of two NFL-quality rosters

Posted August 28th, 2015

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Story highlights
  • Forty-nine Texas and USC players in the 2006 Rose Bowl went on to play in the NFL.
  • Fifteen Longhorns and Trojans were playing their final game before the NFL Draft.

There were 49 players listed on the participation report of the 2006 Rose Bowl who went on to play in the NFL. That included 15 combined Longhorns and Trojans who were playing their final game before getting drafted three months later. And four of those — Texas quarterback Vince Young and safety Michael Huff, and USC running back Reggie Bush and quarterback Matt Leinart — were top-10 selections.

Here’s a look at what those players taken in the 2006 draft accomplished at the next level:

TEXAS (6)

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Vince Young, QB (3rd overall): Threw for 8,964 yards, 46 TDs and 51 INTs in six seasons. Last played for Philadelphia in 2011.

Michael Huff, S (7th): Played in 118 games, the majority with Oakland, collecting 11 INTs.

Cedric Griffin, CB (48th): Played cornerback for Minnesota and Washington, with 8 INTs and 15 forced fumbles.

David Thomas, TE (86th): Was a member of the Super Bowl XLIV champion New Orleans Saints. Had 102 career receptions for 938 yards and 8 TDs.

Jonathan Scott, T (141st): Drafted by Detroit, but also played in Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Atlanta.

Rodrique Wright (222nd): Was drafted by Miami and also played with the New York Jets.

Note: Ahmard Hall was not drafted, but played fullback for six seasons with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent. Also, Texas had seven players from the national championship game drafted in 2007, four in 2008 and three in 2009.

USC (9)

Drafted in 2006

Reggie Bush, RB (2nd overall): Nearly 9,000 yards of total offense playing for the Saints, Dolphins and Lions. Currently in his first season with the 49ers.

Matt Leinart, QB (10th): Career quarterback rating of 70.2 with the Cardinals, Texans and Raiders. He last was with the Bills (practice squad) in 2013.

Winston Justice, OT (39th): Played with the Eagles, Colts and most recently Broncos.

Deuce Lutui, OG (41st): Started 80 games in seven years with the Cardinals and Titans.

LenDale White, RB (45th): Gained 2,349 yards and scored 24 TDs in four years with the Titans.

Frostee Rucker, DE (91st): Has 188 tackles and 17 sacks in nine NFL seasons. Currently with Arizona.

Dominique Byrd, TE (93rd): Six career receptions with one TD.

Darnell Bing, LB (101st): Five career tackles on multiple NFL rosters.

LaJuan Ramsey, DT (204th): Totaled 28 career tackles and one sack in four years.

Note: USC had three players from the 2005 national title game drafted in 2007, seven in 2008 and six in 2009.

— COMPILED BY CAT VASQUEZ

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