2002: Named Scout Special Teams Player of the Year ? Member of the UI squad.
2001: Redshirted the 2001 season.
High School: Played for head coach Doug Simper at Richwoods High School ... First-team All-Mid State Six selection his senior year ... Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette all-state special mention honoree ... Played in the Shrine All-Star game ... Team won the conference title in 2000 ... Earned 10 varsity letters including three in football, four in basketball and three in track.
Personal: Born Dec. 12, 1982 ? Parents are David and Susan Young ... Majoring in business administration ? Has one sister ... Uncle, Terry Cole, played football at Illinois and uncle, Mike O'Brien, played basketball for the Illini ... Lists his uncles as his Fighting Illini heroes ... Three-time academic all-conference honoree ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Credits his parents for having the most influence on his athletic career because of their continued support.