Donovonn Young
Donovonn Young


Houston, Texas

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 220




Seniors, Award Winners Honored at Annual Banquet

O'Toole Named Offensive MVP, Thomas III Defensive MVP; 17 Seniors Honored


Postgame Notes - Illinois vs. Penn State, November 22, 2014

Postgame Notes - Illinois vs. Penn State, November 22, 2014


Illinois Falls at No. 13 Ohio State, 55-14

Mike Dudek set the Illinois mark for yards receiving by a freshman on a 56-yard catch in the first quarter.


Postgame Notes - Illinois vs. Southern Illinois - August 31, 2013

Postgame Notes - Illinois vs. Southern Illinois - August 31, 2013


Blue Holds On for 35-28 Win Over Orange

Blue Capitalizes on 5 Orange Turnovers to Grab Victory


Illinois vs. Northwestern

The Fighting Illini take on the Wildcats


Illinois vs. Penn State - November 22, 2014

Illinois vs. Penn State - November 22, 2014


Illinois Football vs. Wisconsin

USATSI Gallery


Illinois vs. Purdue - October 4, 2014

Illinois vs. Purdue - October 4, 2014


Illinois vs. Texas State - September 20, 2014

Illinois vs. Texas State - September 20, 2014

2013 Junior: Played in all 12 games and started two (SIU, WASH) ... Second on the team with 376 yards rushing ... Averaged 4.0 yards per carry and scored three rushing touchdowns on the season ... Added 43 yards receiving on the season ... Notched his third rushing TD of the season at Nebraska ... Led the team in rushing in three games (MIAMI, CIN, WASH) ... Posted 80 yards on 11 carries (7.3 ypc) against Miami (Ohio), his most rushing yards since running for 124 against Indiana on Oct. 27, 2012.

2012 Sophomore: Played in all 12 games and made 10 starts ... Led the team in rushing with 571 yards and three touchdowns on 131 carries (4.4 ypc), while also hauling in a team-high 38 receptions for 172 yards and one touchdown ... Earned Illinois Point Award as top Offensive Big Skill Player at annual postseason banquet ... Led the team in multiple rushing categories, including yardage (571), carries (131) and longest run (52), and ranked second in rushing touchdowns (3) ... Ranked first on the team in number of receptions (38) and second in all-purpose yards (815) ... Ran for a TD and 74 yards on 11 carries, added 12 receiving yards on two catches and posted 58 yards on five kick returns for a total of 144 all-purpose yards at Northwestern ... Rushed for a career-high 124 yards on a career-best 21 carries and caught four passes for 21 receiving yards against Indiana, totaling a career-best 145 all-purpose yards ... Recorded 63 rushing yards on six carries and 14 receiving yards on six catches, which matched his career-high reception total, against Penn State ... Rushed 19 times for 78 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for a career-best 30 yards against Louisiana Tech ... Had a 23-yard TD reception against Charleston Southern ... Rushed for a touchdown and 12 carries for 65 yards ... Had team-highs in touches (17) and receptions (6) against Western Michigan.

2011 Freshman: Played in 12 games, making one start as a true-freshman ... Fourth on the team with 451 rushing yards and was tied for second on the team with six rushing touchdowns ... Shared team honors for Rookie of the Year with QB Reilly O'Toole ... Rushed 12 times for 45 yards in Illinois' win over UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl ... Missed Minnesota game with a lower-leg injury ... Recorded eight carries for 43 yards, including two TDs, tying his career-high against Wisconsin ... Had 32 yards on seven carries against Purdue ... Had 73 yards on 12 carries in victory over Indiana ... Had eight carries for 29 yards and one touchdown in victory over Northwestern ... Had 100 yards rushing and one TD on 12 carries against Western Michigan, his first-career 100-yard rushing game ... Had seven carries for 65 yards and two TDs, including a 41-yard TD run, in win over South Dakota State ... Rushed six times for 39 yards against Arkansas State in Illni debut.

High School: Three-star recruit by and ... Houston Touchdown Club Player of the Year Finalist for 2010 after rushing for 2,332 yards (nine yards per carry) and scoring 36 touchdowns ... First-team All-Greater Houston selection by Houston Chronicle ... Set Katy HS single-season rushing touchdown record with 36 in 2010 while helping his team to a 13-1 record ... Ranked 23rd in the nation in rushing and 28th in the nation in scoring in 2010 ... All-District first-team selection in 2010 and was District 19-5A's co-MVP ... Rushed for 238 yards in 38-35 regional final loss to Pearland in front of 41,000 fans at Rice Stadium ... Second-team All-District 17-5 pick as a sophomore (at Humble HS) and as a junior when he rushed for 665 yards and 10 TDs at Katy ... High school coach was Gary Joseph ... Academic All-America selection.

Personal: Full name is Donovonn Cartrell Young ... Son of Cartrell Young ... Born Nov. 30, 1992 ... Majoring in communication ... Cousin, Sammy Davis, played at Texas A&M and later in the NFL ... Chose Illinois over North Texas and McNeese State.

Carries: 21 vs. Indiana, 10/27/12
Rushing Yards: 124 vs. Indiana, 10/27/12
Long Run: 59 vs. Western Michigan, 9/24/11
Rushing Touchdowns: 2, twice (last vs. Wisconsin, 11/19/11)
Receptions: 6, twice (last vs. Penn State, 9/29/12)
Receiving Yards: 30 vs. Louisiana Tech, 9/22/12
Long Reception: 23 vs. Charleston Southern, 9/15/12
Receiving Touchdowns: 1 vs. Charleston Southern, 9/13/12
All-Purpose Yards: 145 vs. Indiana, 10/27/12

Young's Statistics


Updated July 2014