Redshirt freshman defensive end Willie Young knows that he will be counted on to help shore up a defensive line decimated by the NFL draft in 2006. Rated one of the best DE's in the nation exiting high school, Young has already emerged as a vocal leader for the Wolfpack. On Saturday he gave his take on the state of the Wolfpack program.
Are any guys starting to step up and pick up the slack on defense?
"Yeah, you've got guys like Tank Tyler and DeMario Pressley. Those are two heavy hitters out there. I mean, we've all got a lot of work to do out here as a team but expect everyone on that defensive line will be looking up at those two to help us through the hard times."
How are the young guys looking?
"We've got a lot of young guys that are coming along. I couldn't tell that they were just coming out of high school. There's a lot of potential. But once again, we've got a lot of work to do and we're just trying to take it day by day and a step at a time."
Are you trying to bring the same type of swagger that Mario and Manny brought?
"It's not the same, it's a little better. I've been in this position before when I was in high school and I know this is a whole different level but just being able to be in that spot behind two great hall-of-famers, is a great feeling. It's a challenge and that's how I look at it and my goal is to be better than them."
Did you learn anything from Lawson and Williams when they were here?
"Yes, I learned a great deal from them. And I'm looking to turn that over and convert it to my style and my way of playing ball."
How big are those shoes to fill with them gone?
"Well, I've got pretty big feet myself so I would just say I'm looking forward to it."
When are you taking the yellow jersey off?
"I didn't even need it today. It was just better to be safe than sorry but I'll be back on Tuesday."