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November 22, 2010

Monday commitment round up

The career of Bearden's Devrin Young came to an end last Friday night against perennial power Maryville. The records he set and memories he left on Bill Young field will be talked about for many years to come. Young will always remember his time as a Bulldog.

"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."

The Class of 2011
Allan Carson
Defensive tackle
6-foot, 325 pounds
Oxford High School, Oxford, Ala.

Season is over

Justin Coleman
Defensive back
5-foot-11, 175 pounds
Coleman had 140 yards rushing and a touchdown in a 41-34 loss to Stars Mill. He also caught three passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. He had ten tackles and a sack on defense. Their season is over.
Mack Crowder
Center
6-foot-4, 270 pounds
Bristol High School, Bristol, Tenn.

Bristol High's season is over

Vincent Dallas
Athlete
6-foot-0, 180 pounds
Cedar Grove High School, Ellenwood, Ga.

Dallas helped his teammates to a 35-24 win over Gainesville High School.

Brendan Downs
Tight end
6-foot-6, 225 pounds
Bristol High School, Bristol, Tenn.

Bristol High's season is over.

Christian Harris
Linebacker
6-foot-2, 230 pounds
Etowah High School, Woodstock, Ga.

Harris' season is over

A.J. Johnson
Linebacker
6-foot-3, 226 pounds
Gainesville High School, Gainesville, Ga.

Johnson had a touchdown run and an interception in Gainesville's 35-24 loss to Cedar Grove.

Kyler Kerbyson
Offensive tackle
6-foot-5, 290 pounds
Catholic High School, Knoxville, Tenn.

Kerbyson's season is over.

Pat Martin
Safety
5-foot-11, 196 pounds
J.L. Mann High School, Greenville, S.C.

Martin's season is over

Alan Posey
Offensive tackle
6-foot-6, 305 pounds
Clarke Central High School, Athens, Ga.

Posey graded out at 99% and had six pancakes in a 24-10 loss to East Paulding. Their season is over.

Brian Randolph
Defensive back
6-foot, 180 pounds
Kell High School, Marietta, Ga.

Randolph rushed for 214 yards and two touchdowns in Kell's 21-13 victory over Flowery Branch in the second round of the playoffs. Next up is Statesboro

Trevarris Saulsberry
Defensive tackle
6-foot-4, 252 pounds
Gainesville High School, Gainesville, Fla..

Saulsberry recorded three tackles and a 3-yard touchdown catch in the Hurricanes' 41-12 win over Tarpon Springs in the first round of the playoffs. Next up is Frank W. Springstead.

Tom Smith
Running back
5-foot-10, 205 pounds
Apopka High School, Apopka, Fla.

Smith and Apopka were upset by Oak Ridge 34-14. Smith's season is over.

Tino Thomas
Athlete
6-foot, 190 pounds
Melrose High School, Memphis, Tenn.

Thomas' season is over.

Jordan Williams
Defensive end
6-foot-4, 240 pounds
Gainesville High School, Gainesville, Fla.

Williams recorded several tackles and an 8-yard touchdown catch in the Hurricanes' 41-12 win over Tarpon Springs in the first round of the playoffs. Next up is Frank W. Springstead.

Justin Worley
Quarterback
6-foot-4, 196 pounds
Northwestern High School, Rock Hill, S.C.

Worley went 30-37 for 349 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-35 win over Ashley Ridge. Next up is Goose Creek.

Devrin Young
Athlete
5-foot-6, 165 pounds
Bearden High School, Knoxville, Tenn.

Young and his Bearden teammates season came to a close Friday night as the Bulldogs lost to Maryville 52-20.



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