The NFL named Titans rookie quarterback Vince Young the Offensive Rookie of the Year on Wednesday in a vote decided by the Associated Press. Young received 23 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league.
Young started 13 of the 15 games he played in during 2006 and completed 184-of-357 pass attempts for 2,199 yards. Young also tossed 12 touchdowns, rushed for seven, and completed 22 passes for 20 yards or more while leading the Titans to four fourth-quarter comeback victories.
The award marked the fifth top rookie award for the Titans-Oilers franchise. Besides Young, both running backs Earl Campbell and Eddie George won the award in 1978 and 1996, respectively. Linebacker Robert Brazile and defensive end Jevon Kearse were each named Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1975 and 1999.
Surprisingly, Reggie Bush did not finish second to Young. Instead, Young beat New Orleans wide receiver Marques Colston and Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who had nine apiece. Next was San Diego tackle Marcus McNeill (6), and then Bush (3).