Dossier: David Young

Dossier: David Young

Here is all the information you need to know on new Cleveland Browns signee David Young!

DAVID YOUNG
Strong Safety
Georgia Southern University Eagles
6:01.2-211
Columbia, South Carolina


ANALYSIS

Positives: Very quick and active in run support...Always around the ball, consistently delivering crunching hits to jolt the ball carriers back...Meets the opponent head-on when covering in the short-range passing area, daring the receiver to try and run with the ball... Fills the holes with aggression and has the speed to cover runners coming out of the backfield...Decisive in recognizing the plays and is rarely caught out of position... Maintains position in man coverage, often keeping a hand on his assignment to prevent separation upfield...Excels at covering the underneath passes while playing in the zone... Has explosiveness when changing directions, flying to the line of scrimmage to stuff the run...Plays off blocks with force and strikes low at the legs going for the tackle...Has the hip snap needed to strike instantly...One of the more colorful characters you will ever meet, keeping teammates loose on the field in pressure situations.

Negatives: Not very smooth in his backpedal and seems to want to play the run, rather than dropping back in man coverage...Too upright coming out of his backpedal, shuffling his feet rather than gliding smoothly...Needs to play in better control, as he tends to want to knock out his opponent with his hits, causing for missed tackles...Does not have natural hands, but compensates with good timing and leaping ability to make the interception.

 
CAREER NOTES

Major contributor in the Eagles' secondary since his freshman year…Participated in 46 games, recording 213 tackles (139 solos) with 12 stops behind the line of scrimmage, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, eleven interceptions and 24 pass deflections.


2002 SEASON

All-American third-team pick by The NFL Draft Report…All-Southern Conference first-team choice…Started every game at strong safety, recording 72 tackles (46 solos) with four stops for losses of 10 yards…Intercepted two passes and deflected eight others…Caused and recovered a fumble…Blocked two kicks.

  • Gardner-Webb: Advanced a fumble recovery 34 yards for a score and made 5 hits (4 solos).
  • Tennessee-Chattanooga: Blocked a kick and posted 8 tackles.
  • Western Carolina: Added 9 tackles (7 solos) and a pass deflection.
  • Appalachian State and The Citadel: Collected 7 tackles and a stop for a loss in each game.
  • East Tennessee: Returned an interception 27 yards.
  • Furman: Collected 11 tackles (9 solos) as he caused a fumble and deflected a pass.
  • Bethune-Cookman: (NCAA Division 1-AA Playoffs)…Had a 4-yard interception return.
  • Maine (Playoffs): Totaled 7 tackles (6 solos) and a pass break-up.
  • Western Kentucky (Playoffs): Closed out his career with a 6-tackle effort.

2001 SEASON

Football Gazette All-American and first-team All-Southern Conference choice…Started every game, recording 77 tackles (53 solos) with three stops for losses of 11 yards…Had two interceptions and four pass deflections…Caused four fumbles and recovered three others.

  • Elon: Picked off a pass and made a stop behind the line of scrimmage.
  • Savannah State: Had another interception and 2 pass break-ups.
  • Delaware: Caused a fumble and batted away a pass…Also blocked a punt and delivered 5 tackles.
  • Western Carolina: Blocked another punt and made 7 hits.
  • Florida A&M (NCAA Division 1-AA Playoffs): Registered 11 tackles, with an interception and a pass deflection.

 2000 SEASON

Played in fourteen games, starting eight contests…Recorded 86 tackles (39 solos) with four stops for losses of 11 yards and a forced fumble…Had three interceptions and ten pass deflections.

  • Virginia Military: Had a 14-yard interception return.
  • Appalachian: Returned a pass theft 3 yards.
  • Delaware (NCAA Division 1-AA Playoffs): Picked off a pass in the end zone and deflected 2 others.
  • Elon: Totaled 11 tackles.
  • McNeese State (Playoffs): Caused a fumble and deflected 2 passes…Also posted 13 tackles.
  • Montana (Playoffs): Had another pair of pass break-ups.

1999 SEASON

Played in every game, starting three…Finished with 51 tackles (39 solos), nine deflected passes and three interceptions for 91 yards in returns.


1998 SEASON

Redshirted as a freshman.



INJURY REPORT

No injuries reported.


CAMPUS AGILITY TESTS

4.47 in the 40-yard dash…1.53 10-yard dash…4.09 20-yard shuttle…36.5-inch vertical jump…325-pound bench press…425-pound squat…8% body fat.


HIGH SCHOOL

Attended Keenan (Columbia, S.C.) High…All-District and All-Region, lettering four times… Added two letters in track and three in basketball.


PERSONAL

Sports Management major…Brother, Hank, played football at Wofford and another brother, Randy, played soccer at Clemson…Interned in the GSU sports media department last summer…Born David F. Young on 5/17/79 in Columbia, South Carolina.


DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

  GP GS TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SACK BK
1999 15 03 51 39 12 0 0 3 2-4 9 0.0-0 1
2000 14 08 86 39 47 0 1 3 4-11 10 0.0-0 0
2001 14 14 77 53 24 0 4 2 3-11 4 0.0-0 3
2002 14 14 72 46 26 1 1 2 4-10 8 0.0-0 2
TOTAL 57 39 286 177 109 1 6 10 13-36 31 0.0-0 6

 

Interception Returns Fumble Returns
  NO YARDS AVG TD LONG NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
1999 3 91 30.3 1 37          
2000 3 17 5.7 0 14          
2001 2 32 16.0 0 32          
2002 2 27 13.5 0 23 1 34 34.0 1 34
TOTAL 10 167 16.7 1 37 1 34 34.0 1 34

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