10 Points With Center Kyle Young

Kyle Young was the center of a line that helped produce huge offensive numbers at Fresno State. And he's hoping to prove that he can do more of the same in the NFL. So far the Dolphins, Jets, Seahawks and Browns have shown interest. Learn more about him in this exclusive interview with Scout.com's Ed Thompson.

Ed Thompson: You started as a freshman at Fresno State, how did you get noticed so quickly and cement the role you would hold onto throughout your college career?

Kyle Young: I had some really good coaches there at Fresno, great O-line coaches, and they just gave me a shot. That's all I needed was a shot to show what I could do.

ET: What is the foundation for your success from a technique standpoint?

KY: I'd have to say my foundation would be film work. I kind of know what the opponent is going to do before they do it, and I just love watching film over and over again. I think that's what helps me set myself apart.

ET: What do you typically look for while watching film?

KY: I'll start off with the guy who's over me, which hand's down, what are his favorite moves, what situation he likes to use them in, like third down, and then I move to the whole line. I see if there are any tips, if a D-tackle is a little deeper usually you can tell they're going to twist, then usually to linebackers to pick up any blitzes and then the safeties to tip off any blitzes as well.

ET: You had 47 consecutive starts in your collegiate career, what kind of message do you think that sends to an NFL team?

KY: I just hope it sends a message that I'm durable and I come to work everyday. I don't take plays off because usually when you take plays off, you get hurt. I'm a guy that's always going to be around.

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ET: In 2004 Fresno State had the fifth-highest scoring offense in the country and a landmark 503 rushing-yard day against Hawaii. What do you remember about that game?

KY: I just remember they couldn't stop us at all. We weren't necessarily overpowering them, we were just doing our job perfectly. That was making huge gashes and with the runners we had at Fresno, once they could get out they were just gone. We really worked well and the chemistry was perfect that night.

ET: In 2005 your line allowed the fewest sacks in the conference. What helped you guys to work with such great synchronization to keep your quarterback off of the ground?

KY: All of us were great friends. We did everything together. So the chemistry was always there. Also we'd been playing for two to three years together, and with that you know what the guy next to you is going to do. We also had great communication. Anytime we had a problem we would just talk it out right at the line.

ET: Your senior year didn't end the way you wanted it to. Talk about the academic suspension and what you've done to rebound…

KY: Going into my senior year I started missing class; it was poor judgment on my part, it was just a stupid move and I wish I could take it back, but I can't. I was putting myself first, looking too far ahead and not focusing on my immediate obligations. And that was just selfish of me. By losing those last four games, when they took football away from me—what I love doing the most—I learned a lesson that I'll always remember. Obviously it was the biggest mistake I ever made, but I'm trying to learn from it and move on from it. Since then I've played in two all-star games and have played well. I feel like I can play with anybody and I just hope I get a chance.

ET: Talk about your experience and what you learned at the East-West Shrine Game…

KY: It was a lot different from the Hula Bowl. At the Hula Bowl I'd say there were twenty-five to thirty scouts. Then you walk into that practice (at the East-West Shrine Game) and it's just lined with people. It was a great feeling, a lot of great guys were there so I made some good friendships and it was just a fun atmosphere to be in. It was very exciting and that's the place you want to be to show everyone what you've got.

ET: Who were some of the teams that you talked to at your Pro Day?

KY: Miami, the Jets, Cleveland, and Seattle as well.

ET: What's been happening since the pro day?

KY: I just moved back home to Fallbrook, California and I'm working out down here in the back of my high school. It was funny because they're actually changing their offense to the offense I ran at Fresno, so I've been around them and I'm helping them learn the techniques we would learn. So that's what I've been doing.

You can learn more about Kyle by visiting his player profile page.

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