SilverStarDigest.com begins its Countdown to Kickoff series by examining each player on the Cowboys' roster, highlighting a new player everyday until the 2003 season opener against the Falcons. Tuesday marks the 75th day until kickoff, so we'll start with #75 OL Ryan Young and work our way down the roster.
OL Ryan Young
Ryan Young is an aggressive blocker that attacks with quickness. Had a stretch of 40-consecutive starts before being sidelined last year with a groin injury in training camp. Young was a 4-year letterman and three-year starter for the Kansas State Wildcats. He was the team captain as a senior, leading KSU to 11-1 regular season mark.
Ryan Young was signed by the Cowboys this offseason to take the place of Solomon Page at right tackle. Page signed with the San Diego Chargers this offseason.
Young started only seven games last year for the Houston Texans. "I kind of feel like I let the team down," Young said. "You really can't control injuries, but I definitely feel bad about that." Young missed most of training camp with a groin injury that required surgery August 8th, sidelining him the entire preseason and first five games of the regular season.
Young was drafted by Bill Parcells in the 7th round by the New York Jets in 1999 and started every game for the Jets over the course of the next two seasons before he was taken by the Houston Texans in the 2002 expansion draft.
He started all 16 games at right tackle for the Jets back in 2001 and was instrumental in leading the Jets to the 2nd ranked rushing offense in the AFC that year.
"I enjoyed playing for Coach Parcells in New York," said Young. "That was a huge factor for me deciding to come to Dallas this year."
Young signed a 3-year contract with the Cowboys back in March. His contract is in the neighborhood of $8 million with a signing bonus of $2M.
Young has a lot to prove this season coming off an injury plagued year with the expansion Houston Texas, and the Cowboys believe that he has what it takes to get his career back on track. He's always been a favorite of Bill Parcells, which automatically gives him a leg up entering training camp. In 2003, he'll replace Solomon Page in the starting lineup.