The Titans hope to transform Vince Young from an athlete who can throw into a quarterback who is an exceptional athlete.
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In Clarksville, Tenn., the new summer home of the Titans.
Austin Peay is a 7,000-student liberal-arts college in northern Tennessee, a few miles from Fort Campbell in southwestern Kentucky, and it's no different here this week than everywhere else on the USA Today weather map I see in the morning. It's torrid. A broiler.
The afternoon practice brought a temperature of 98, with a breeze barely stirring. Try two hours in full pads in that heat and see how you like it.
Five Things I Think I Think
1. I think Vince Young has captivated his teammates, the fans and the coaches. Watching him roll out and throw 55-yard liners with a flick of the wrist, you think: God, if he's accurate, and he can pick up this offense this year, he's going to be really good -- and we're going to see him sooner than later.
2. I think Pacman Jones is going to have a really good year. He knows he's got a few strikes against him and he's been read the riot act already by Jeff Fisher,who actually ordered him to move from the area in Nashville where he lived to a quieter area. Pacman won't be incident-free, but he will be better.
3. I think the veterans this team signed in free agency -- KevinMawae, David Givens, David Thornton and Chris Hope -- as well as the re-signing of defensive end KyleVanden Bosch give Fisher five on-field versions of mini-coaches. Responsible, lead-by-example guys. Mawae told me, "This is the best thing that could have happened to me at this point of my career. It's so great here. There's a great team feeling. The Jets did me a huge favor by cutting me."
4. I think you get the feeling that Billy Volek is going to have to be winning and playing well to hang on to the quarterback job past midseason. He might be able to. "Is it true," I asked him today, "that you kept David Carr on the bench for three years at Fresno State?" It was true, he said, and it's similar to what he's going to try like the dickens to do here.
5. I think the most impressive player I saw here, other than Young, was tight end Ben Troupe. The guy's a mountain -- 6-foot-4, 270 are his listed dimensions, and he looks bigger and taller than that. Good hands, too.
There's a T-shirt in the school bookstore with these words on the front: Let's Go Peay.