Opponent's Take: Willie Young

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- NC State senior Willie Young represented the Wolfpack at the 2009 ACC Kickoff and was named to the Preseason All-ACC Team. Several of the league's elite give their thoughts on the talented defensive end.

NC State senior Willie Young represented the Wolfpack at the 2009 ACC Kickoff and was named to the Preseason All-ACC Team. Several of the league's elite gave their thoughts on the talented defensive end.

"He's a great player. He brings a lot of energy to that team. He's always talking during the game and I'm always talking during the game. So it just brings a little bit more rivalry.

"But he's a big leader for that team... he gets that defense going." -- Clemson Tailback C.J. Spiller

"He's definitely a guy that you look at on film and you're saying 'We have to gameplan against this guy.' We have to put two blockers on him, run the opposite way or something.

"He's one of those guys where you have to be aware of where he is on the field no matter what. He's such a big guy – fast and strong. His physical attributes are off the charts.

"You gotta be aware
of what he's doing."

"I threw a little swing route or whatever and he jumps up out of the air and picks it off. You gotta be aware of what he's doing." -- North Carolina Quarterback T.J. Yates

"Every week when you go in the film room there are certain guys you have to game plan for, and he's one of those guys. Whether you double-team him or just try to contain him with one guy, you have to know where he is." -- Maryland Quarterback Chris Turner

"He's undersized at the defensive line position but he came every time. I don't think he got me that game, but he was coming.

"It looks like he's beefed up a little bit... I'm sure he's hungry and ready to get on a roll. He's one of the top defensive ends in the country." -- Duke Quarterback Thaddeus Lewis

"Willie Young is a heck of a player. Good athlete, big and tall but can move well. He was one of the guys we focused on coming into the game." -- Florida State Quarterback Christian Ponder


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