2016 Nebraska Profile: Dedrick Young

A look at sophomore linebacker Dedrick Young in 2016.


Position: LB

Height/Weight: 6-foot-1/220-pounds 

High School: Centennial high school (Arizona)

Year: Sophomore

2015 recap:

Young recorded 61 tackles as a true freshman in 2015, after enrolling early and participating in spring football. It was quite easy to see the true freshman exceeded the staff’s expectations.

A benefactor to an extreme injury bug at the linebacker position, it looked like Young was possibly headed for a spot on in the Huskers’ two-deep going into the season. Instead his role became so much more.

2016 preview:

One of the more interesting storylines in the fall will be the growth in year two of Young.

The sophomore started 12 games as a true freshman, but it doesn’t mean the former four-star product doesn’t have room to grow.

“He’s had a really good year, and done a really good job for us, but could be so much better for us at the same time,” said Nebraska linebacker coach Trent Bray. “His potential if he keeps going in the way he’s going, could be a really good player for us.”

His fellow linebackers are excited to play beside him.

“I think he’s going to do awesome,” said senior linebacker Josh Banderas. “If you look at the kid, he’s a really good-sized kid. Running with him and working out with him in the off-season, he’s strong and he’s fast and he’s been the guy to text on the weekends, text some of the older guys and get in the film room and he wants to learn and do all that extra stuff. I’m really excited to see if he can put that on the field and translate all that work he put in the offseason, so it’s going to be exciting.”

With Banderas appearing to be locked in the middle, we expect Young to be a starter on the outside once again. Another 60-tackle campaign is to be expected.

How he ended up in Lincoln: With offers from Arizona, Michigan State, Arizona State, UCLA and Washington, Young’s recruitment started strong under former Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini. The linebacker visited in early September.

When Pelini was fired and Young was still playing the recruiting game, some felt the Huskers’ chances were out the window. It wasn’t the case. There was already an established relationship with new head coach Mike Riley and the Oregon State staff before the change. Young didn’t have to start with a totally clean slate. He committed to the Huskers on Dec. 15, picking Nebraska over Arizona and Michigan State.

"Even before the coaching change, I was thinking of committing to Nebraska. I was a little nervous when Coach Pelini was let go, I just needed to see who they brought in," Young said at the time of his commitment.

The Scout.com Arizona D2 Player of the Year in 2014, Young finished his senior year with 98 tackles, seven tackles for loss, six pass deflections and one interception. A star on offense as well, Young rushed for 1,556 yard and 19 touchdowns, averaging 7.9 yards per carry.

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