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Vince Young Encourages Teens to Go to College

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Former UT football star Vince Young is the spokesperson for a group encouraging Texas high school graduates to go to college.

UT Austin football great Vince Young is back in town today to promote higher education.

Young is the spokesperson for Generation Texas — a group that asked everyone to wear their favorite college t-shirt today in hopes of inspiring high school grads to pursue a college degree.

Young, of course, is sporting a Longhorns t-shirt. He spoke to students at Del Valle High School this morning and told KUT they seemed excited about the possibility of going to college."The stats of high school students going to college is real low right now. So, just to hear that, I call myself a big brother to them, to hear that coming out of their mouths the things that they're doing, applying themselves to go to college--it's beautiful to hear that," said Young.

56 percent of high school graduates in Texas enrolled in higher education in 2010. The national average is 70 percent.

Young re-enrolled at UT in 2008 to finish his degree in education.

Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
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