Will Louisville defensive end Trevon Young be able to play in 2016; Louisville coach Bobby Petrino updates his health status on Tuesday

FRANKFORT, Ky. - University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino said at the Governor's Cup Luncheon that defensive end Trevon Young is "way ahead" of schedule in his rehabilitation from a fracture hip. But Petrino said it's too early to be able to make the call on if - or when - Young will return for the 2016 season.

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino said he and the Cardinals' medical staff have been pleased with the progress defensive end Trevon Young has made since fracturing his hip in the Music City Bowl game in December.

Petrino said Young is "way ahead" of schedule, but still isn't certain what his status will be for the 2016 season.

"He's way ahead of what he thought he would be," Petrino told the media gathered at Frankfort Country Club. "The thing you don't know is he hasn't went full speed yet, and when he does do that, you don't know exactly how much pain he's going to have or what the obstacles he's going to have in order to be ready to play this season."

Petrino said he recently chatted with Young and noted he's "doing well."

"He really is doing well," Petrino said. "He has an appointment coming up with the surgery down in Nashville and I think after that appointment we'll have a better idea if it's really realistic that he plays this fall or if it's going to be a situation where he needs another year.

"I know his mindset is that he's trying to get ready to play. But we don't know if that's something he's capable of doing yet."

As a junior, Young had 8.5 sacks and was second on the team and seventh in the ACC with that number. He finished with a total of 35 tackles and also had one interception and was a key member of the Cardinals' defense.

Young was injured early in the game against Texas A&M in Nashville, Tenn.

"We sure hope we can get him back," Petrino said. "He's just a really good player."


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