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Young loves the enthusiasm of Bronco Nation. "Boise the city is just a remarkable place," he said. I really feel like I've been here for a lot longer than I have."
Young, who earned his bachelor's degree in computer science at Stanford, ran for 331 yards on 66 carries last year in his senior season for the Cardinal, averaging 5.0 yards per carry. He also caught five passes for 31 yards.
Kelsey had a career-high 69 yards rushing last Saturday against Hawai'i, including a nine-yard touchdown in the second quarter. On his increasing role with the team, Young said, "As the season goes, you get more comfortable with the game plan, with the offense. I think the coaches are starting to see what each player can bring to the table and I think with every week that progresses in the season, they're seeing more and more that I can be used as a running back, in special teams and things like that."
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While Young is new to Boise State, he also is one of 20 seniors on the Bronco roster. He prefers to lead by example, rather than with his words.
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Young joins his younger brother Cory Young at Boise State. And the two have such remarkably similar styles of running (North-South, fighting hard, moving the pile for extra yards) that one might think he helped Cory develop that style. Kelsey says that actually it was the other way around.
Kelsey has 38 carries for 172 yards this season, and has scored three touchdowns. Bronco fans are only beginning to see what redshirt freshman Cory can do (14 carries for 76 yards (5.3 per carry), and they like what they see. Kelsey says that for Cory, "His emphasis this years was to do anything that he could in order to get on the field. Whenever the coaches say, 'Cory, you're up', Cory's paying attention to this role this week; he's dialed in. He takes it in full effect and he understands that opportunities are limited, and so he takes full advantage."
Both brothers graduated from Norco High School in California. From 2007-2010, Kelsey played for head coach Todd Gerhart, father of former Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, whom Kelsey mentions in the interview. Coming out of Norco, Kelsey was rated as the nation's 21st-best running back by Scout, and earned All-America status from SuperPrep after rushing for 2,008 yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior. Cory played from 2010-2013, rushing 324 times for 2,450 yards and 22 touchdowns his senior season.
The Young Brothers' next appearance will be in Fort Collins, Colorado Saturday when the Broncos take on Colorado State.