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November 22, 2010
"I will remember the people I came across," Young said. "Bearden was so full of personalities and the people and personalities that were on the team and in the school will always be memorable. Just the people besides the success that I had on the field."
Young ended with a bang during his senior campaign. Electrifying runs along with dazzling kick returns and the occasional sensational catch and run made Young so special to watch each and every Friday night.
"I would give myself a B plus," Young said about his senior season. "Maybe an A minus. I was definitely able to make some big plays. I have to cut out my fumbles. I didn't do it early in the season, but late in the year, I did it too much for my liking. I have to cut that out before I get to Tennessee."
Maryville really put a beating on the Bulldogs on Friday by a score of 52-20 and Young knows it's that type of game that will reveal a player and teams character.
"Whenever you are getting beatdown and you have to keep playing it's tough," Young said. "You want situations like this, because you grow from this. You want to be challenged and see where we stand. It was tough seeing the season end before your very eyes. That's when your love for the game comes out and how much pride you have. It shows how much character you got."
Young will now turn his attention to getting ready for his future at the next level. He still plans on enjoying the rest of his senior year and all the activities that entails.
"I'm still going to run track meets," Young said. "I'm going to stick to football training full time. I'm going to be hitting the weights hard and working on reaction type stuff. I'm going to get in touch with a punter and work on my fielding. Just get more agile and keep working at my entire game."
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley has been so frustrated with Tennessee's punt return game this year. He's went without a returnman at times over the last few games and hinted he may go without anyone back to field punts next Saturday when Kentucky rolls into town. Young knows his skills are set up to blossom in that position, but he isn't putting the cart before the horse.
"It's definitely an opportunity," Young said. "Everyone is expecting me to change the special teams game. I keep telling myself to focus on execution and not the end result. I know it will happen, but everyone has to be on the same page and I just have to work on doing the little things to make the big things happen on the field."