LINCOLN, Neb – Coming into fall camp, most projected true freshman Dedrick Young to be in the Nebraska two-deep at linebacker. He might actually be in line for a Blackshirt.
Enrolling early, Young got a jump-start on his college career – participating in 15 spring practices in March and April. It helped him adjust to the speed of the game. It allowed him an offseason in the Nebraska Strength and Conditioning program.
It appears to be paying off.
During a practice the media was allowed to see on Tuesday, Young ran with the first-team linebackers over redshirt sophomore Marcus Newby. As a contest with BYU inches ever so closer, it appears the former four-star prospect is making a run for a starting job.
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“Dedrick Young had the benefit of graduating early and getting here in the spring, it has made a major difference and it’s probably good for us,” Nebraska head coach Mike Riley said. “He is making a major move, at this time he is obviously not redshirting and getting ready to play.
“He appears to be one of those guys, like Stanley Morgan, like Devine Ozigbo, (who) is just very comfortable fitting in.”
Riley went on to talk about Young’s ability to pick up the defense.
“Relatively quiet but very intense,” said Riley. “He’s a very good learner. He’s been very consistent. That’s what has elevated him. It’s not just that he flashes his ability once in a while, but that he’s becoming very reliable.”
Young was the Arizona All D2 Player of the Year in 2014, after recording 98 tackles and rushing for 1,529 yards/19 touchdowns for Centennial.