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NCAA Football: Samford at Louisville Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

#91 Trevon Young

Class: RS Senior

Ht/Wt: 6-4/255

Position: Linebacker

Hometown: Council Bluffs, IA

Twitter: N/A

Thoughts: Doc Brown just pulled up in the Delorean and we’re about to take this whip back to Fall 2015. The leaves have changed colors, the birds are chirping, and Trevon Young just decapitated a guy. Not literally, but opposing QBs were double checking those chin straps a couple times towards of the end of the 2015 season because Young was playing like a man possessed, finishing the year with 8.5 sacks, 2 QB hurries, 2 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles, and an interception. All signs pointed towards Young being one of the best edge rushers in the conference in 2016 considering he was second team All-ACC the year prior, even after getting out to a slow start. Of course, as we know, that never happened because Young experienced one of those freak non-contact injuries (hip) in the Music City bowl and didn’t play a single snap last season.

So, as Doc drives us back to present day, what can we realistically expect from Young after the very serious injury? Honestly, I’m not sure. Young was mostly relegated to the second team defense behind Hearns during the Spring but they did share the field at times in certain packages, usually on opposite sides of the line. While Petrino hinted that Young was likely healthy enough to give it a go he was ultimately held out of the Spring game for precautionary reasons. As we move into the Fall I’ll be interested to see how Sirmon looks to utilize him as the days get closer and closer to kicking things off. If they limit him in practice and relegate him to the second team the majority of the time this fall I’d have some real concerns about his impact this year. It’s a big challenge to ask a kid who was having difficulty walking less than a year ago to come back and be the all conference player we fell in love with. But....

In a Steve Jones (Courier-Journal) article back in March Petrino had the follow to say about Young’s return…

"It's exciting," Petrino said of Young's status. "He's been working hard. I think he surprised himself during (spring combine testing) on how well he lifted, how well he (did the vertical jump). He said he's feeling well. We will be monitoring it, taking it slow. But he should, at least the last couple weeks, get some team and group work in there and see if he's ready. That would be a huge bonus for us if we can get him back to where he was."

I’m not sure it’s fair…scratch that…I KNOW it’s not fair to have expectations that 2015 Trevon Young is gonna come plowing through that door, destroying backfields as if he never missed a snap, but I know that’s what we’re all hoping to see. Hearns proved last year he can carry the load on the edge, but getting both guys on the field together creates a matchup nightmare for the offense, and quite frankly, it also makes my pants tingle….but maybe that’s just me.

Sweet Tweet:

No twitter for Trevon that I could find so check out this quick clip of Testing Week back in March that Petrino referenced above.

Spoiler Alert: They are all very strong. #RingTheBell