Former JUCO standout Young will help Cards

One of three early enrollees for the University of Louisville football team, Trevon Young is hoping to see the field a lot for the Cardinals. He's had a solid spring practice and Cardinal Authority checks in with him about the future.

Former University of Louisville All-American defensive end Marcus Smith has been hanging around spring practice while preparing for the upcoming NFL Draft.

And it's a good thing.

Someone just walking up to the spring practice might see the No. 91 that Smith wore on the field and think it was him. But it's not, that's junior-college transfer Trevon Young.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Young - who resembles Smith in his #91 - is a highly-rated defensive end/linebacker prospect who is likely to see the field for the Cardinals this season.

"My teammates say I look like him with the No. 91," Young said of Smith. "I'm just working hard and trying to get better, learning what I can."

Young is originally from Des Moines, Iowa and spent last season at Iowa Western Community College. He had previously played at Lincoln High School in Des Moines.

As a freshman at Iowa Western, Young had 45 tackles, including 13.5 sacks and 20 tackles for a loss. He's listed as the first-team WILL linebacker on the U of L depth chart.

"I think there's a good chance (to play)," Young said. "I've been rotating some with the ones and playing with the twos. We have a lot of guys in the rotation, it's been fun."

Signing with U of L over Mississippi, Young enrolled at U of L in January. He committed under the previous staff and enrolled before head coach Bobby Petrino was hired.

Young has been solid this spring for new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

"It's been a big change from all of the other levels I have been at," Young said. "The speed of the game is just so much faster.

"I am so fortunate to be here. I could be in a lot of other places in my life. But I am just a beginning, I am trying to learn and just get better every single day."

Young was named a National Junior College Coaches Association second-team All-American and said it was "always his dream" to play college football and now he's getting that chance.

"It's been a dream of mine since I was a little kid," he said. "It's what I have worked for since I started playing football. I just want to try and get better out there every day and try to make plays."

Senior Deiontrez Mount and Lorenzo Mauldin have helped welcome Young into the defensive unit, while he said others have also been accepting. Young called it an "easy transition" because of the other players.

"They have really been helping me out," he said. "We have a good group.

"It really is like a dream for me to be here. My favorite team was Louisville basketball, because basketball was my first sport. I'm just so excited to be here and want to contribute."

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