D.J. Young Fulfilling Legacy

The path taken by Spartan offensive lineman D.J. Young may have differ from that of his fathers, but in the end Young is proving his move from Bowling Green to Michigan State was the right one. SpartanDigest.com spoke with Young about his last spring and more.

They say you can always go home and in more ways than one D.J. Young did just that in 2008 as he left Bowling Green and enrolled at Lansing Community College.

With his sights set on following in his father's footsteps, Young found his place on the Spartans offensive line starting the last eleven games of the season at right tackle. 2010 will be another year of adjustment as Young is working at left tackle.

What's it been like coming back home?

"It's a joy and a blessing playing in my backyard. My dad went to Michigan State and I want to follow his path and pick up where he left off at."

Has it sunk in that this is the last spring?

"It feels like I just got to Michigan State a couple of days ago. It's hard to believe as it seems like I just graduated from high school yesterday."

How hard was the path you've taken to get to MSU?

"It was a long road as I had to make up a few credits that I needed. But it's all been worth it."

"Did you set any goals coming into the spring?

"My goal was to work hard going from right tackle to left tackle as I can't wait until October 30th when we play Iowa in Iowa City."

How do you feel your fellow seniors have done in taking on leadership roles?

"We're looking to build leadership and team unity along with great communication. We're getting it together on and off the field as we're doing a lot more things together and talking about a lot of things so we're all on one page."

What's it like having Mark Staten and Dan Roushar as your coaches?

"I believe hands down that they are the best coaches in the nation. They work with us on and off the field about certain situations. They are open to everything from a football standpoint and they bring out the best of me and the rest of us along the offensive line."

"How hard has the spring been without the guys along last year's offensive line?

"We're going to miss those guys from last year but we've got some younger guys who have hunger and I want to help the coaches lead them and help them reach the potential they have."

Have you gotten tired of hitting your fellow teammates? And has spring practice been hard?

"No, not really. I feel the spring time is the most fun as you've got a day to rest instead of the long grind you have during the season. So I say it's more fun but we've still got to get after it.

How hard was the adjustment coming in last season?

"Just coming in last year took some time to adapt. But the coaches have this family atmosphere in place and it gives you a sense of warmth."

Who will win on Saturday?

"I have to say the White team will win on Saturday."

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