Texas figured it had to have a quarterback in 2006.
Sure, Colt McCoy had shown some flashes while redshirting in 2005. But at a slight 6-foot-1 and generous 180 pounds, could he hold up to the rigors of a Big 12 season?
So Texas grabbed the best in the state, Stephenville’s Jevan Snead.
Snead enrolled early and the battle to replace Vince Young was on.
“We're not going to find another Vince,” Texas coach Mack Brown said on signing day back in 2006. “[McCoy and Snead] understand that Vince was not an overnight sensation and that he took criticism.”
It turned out McCoy was about as close as Texas could get to another Vince Young. It also turned out Texas was not the right program for Snead. He transferred to Ole Miss after his first season.
As for the rest of the 25 players in the 2006 class, seven became regular starters. A few of those -- Sergio Kindle, Hunter Lawrence and Lamarr Houston -- became standouts. And several others -- Vodrell McGree, J’Marcus Webb and Sherrod Harris among them -- never finished their Texas careers.
Biggest Get: Sergio Kindle
Kindle was the highest-rated prospect in the class. He lived up to his billing. Kindle started 25 of his 46 games at Texas. Kindle started every game at defensive end his senior year. The prior season he had started 11 games at outside linebacker.
He was the first ever player to be named a finalist for the Butkus (nation's top linebacker) and Hendricks Awards (nation's top defensive end).
In his senior season, Kindle was a large part of a defense that ranked third nationally in overall defense and 12th in scoring defense. He went 25-2 in his final two years at Texas.
Most underrated: Hunter Lawrence
OK, so he’s a kicker and they aren’t supposed to raise that many eyebrows anyway. But Lawrence came in as an unknown from Boerne, Texas and became one of the most clutch kickers in the country.
Lawrence is best remembered for the last-second 46-yard field goal he hit against Nebraska in 2009 to win the Big 12 title. He also had three field goals in the win over then No. 1 Oklahoma in 2008.
Lawrence only missed five field goals in his Texas career and that .872 conversion percentage ranks first in Texas history.
Biggest Bust: J’Marcus Webb
Some might argue for Snead here. But given what McCoy accomplished it is easy to look past the one-year bust that was Snead’s career at Texas. Plus Snead became a starter for Ole Miss after his time at Texas.
Webb, on the other hand, could have been a huge contributor for several years on the offensive line. The Parade All-American played in 12 games as a freshman and was poised to be a starter the next season. But grades became an issue. He transferred to a junior college before going to West Texas A&M. He was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft and is with the Chicago Bears.