October 26, 2006
Warren Young's 'stick-to-it' attitude paying off
MORGANTOWN--Maybe it was after the Mississippi State game when Rich Rodriguez had his "Come to RichRod" Meeting. Maybe it was that gravelly-voiced defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich finally got through. Maybe it was just that the kid took it upon himself.
"This is my last year so, the way it is now, I'm going to ride it to the wheels fall off and give it everything I've got," said senior defensively lineman Warren Young Tuesday night at the Milan Puskar Center.
Whatever, in the last three games, the longtime backup has played maybe his best football in a Mountaineer uniform, and it couldn't have come at a better time.
Until the Mississippi State game, Warren Young had been a player who was on just about every two-deep chart for every game in each of the last three seasons.
Ol' No. 90 was always there, just a peg below Keilen Dykes or Pat Liebig or Craig Wilson or Johnny Dingle. But in the last several games the light has come on.
Young, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound fifth-year senior from Eightmile, Ala., culminated his Mississippi State-Syracuse-Connecticut parlay into being named Defensive Player of the Week for his play against the Huskies. He ripped off 8 tackles, 1 1/2 tackles for loss and 1 sack. He and his line mates had UCONN quarterbacks Matt Bonislawski and D.J. Hernandez running for their life.
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