Young Returns To Rutgers

UPDATED WITH COMMENTS FROM RUTGERS COACH GREG SCHIANO -- After spending two weeks thinking about his future, Rutgers running back Kordell Young decided to return for his final season with the Scarlet Knights. Young, a third-down specialist, returned to practice Tuesday and is expected to play in Saturday's game at Florida International.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The pull in Kordell Young's personal life and the discomfort in his knees weren't enough to keep the fifth-year running back from finishing his Rutgers career.

Young, who was slated to be Rutgers' third-down back this season, returned to practice Tuesday after leaving the team after training camp as he sorted out personal issues. He is expected to play Saturday at Florida International.

"I had to go back home and get everything situated back at home," Young said. "I'm not used to being away from football for that long. Even a week is pretty long for me."

Young was on the sideline for Rutgers' 31-0 win against Norfolk State, but dressed in shorts and a jersey.

He is an extraordinary pass blocker, and can catch the ball out of the backfield.

"Everybody's happy that he's back," Rutgers senior safety Joe Lefeged said. "He lifts up this football team. He's a leader on this football team, he's a presence in the locker room and his effort he gives on the field. We all respect him."

Schiano said Young will be a third-down back for Rutgers, and will practice primarily third-down packages to save more wear and tear on his knees. He added Young will travel to Florida International, but his role will not be defined until later in the week, after Schiano and running backs coach Chris Hewitt speak.

"Kordell is a very mature guy, and a very unselfsh guy," Schiano said. "I think Kordell is just going to make sure he does the right thing by all the people in his life, including his teammates and his family here at Rutgers.

"I think he just wanted to make sure he was doing the right thing, and we're very glad to have him back with us and around us because he's a great influence on our team."

Young arrived at Rutgers after rushing for nearly 4,600 yards at West Deptford (N.J.) High, but injuries became a way of life in his career.

His missed most of the 2007 season after suffering a knee injury. He led Rutgers in rushing in 2008 with 554 yards, but against underwent knee surgery after the season.

Young then underwent anterior cruciate ligament surgery against at the end of the 2009 season after getting injury Nov. 12 against South Florida.

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