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    Walter Young
    18 Walter Young
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Park Forest, Ill.

    High School:
    Rich East

    Height / Weight:
    6-5 / 220

    Position:
    Wide Receiver

    Experience:
    1-1

    ? Lindy?s Preseason Second-Team All-Big Ten.

    ? Lindy?s No. 7 NFL-rated talent in the Big Ten Conference.

    2001: Second-leading receiver with 50 catches for 890 yards and eight touchdowns ... Averaged a team best 17.8 yards per catch ... Finished the season with 434 yards receiving and four touchdowns in the last three games ... Averaged 74.2 yards per game receiving ... Averaged 5 catches for 111.9 yards per game vs. ranked opponents ? Had a career-high 178 yards receiving on six catches and two touchdowns in the Nokia Sugar Bowl vs. LSU ... Had seven catches for 133 yards and a score at Ohio State .. Also caught seven balls for 123 yards in the regular-season finale vs. Northwestern ... Caught five passes for 98 yards in the win at Purdue ... Hauled in four passes for a team-leading 90 yards against Louisville ... Gained 60 yards on three catches, including a long of 48 yards, at Michigan ... Was the Illini?s leading receiver with three catches for 44 yards at Indiana ... Had a four reception, 48 yard performance on Homecoming against Wisconsin ... Along with teammate Brandon Lloyd, ranked 12th in the nation in receiving yardage by a receiving duo and 11th in touchdown catches per game by a pair of receivers ? Played in two games for the Illini basketball team, scoring two points vs. Wisconsin ? First UI athlete to play both football and basketball in the same season since 1973.

    2000: Caught 27 passes for 403 yards, an average of 14.9 yards per reception ... Played in all 11 games, starting seven at split end ... Hauled in six passes for a season-high 127 yards, including a 57-yarder ... Had five catches for 79 yards in season opener against Middle Tennessee ... Caught seven passes for 57 yards at San Diego State ... Pulled in one catch for 15 yards vs. Michigan ... Had 41 receiving yards on two catches against Iowa ... Caught three passes for 40 yards vs. Indiana.

    1999: Garnered playing time at receiver while also a reserve quarterback ? Caught 13 passes with one touchdown reception ? Caught 31-yard TD pass from Kurt Kittner at Michigan to help lead Illini to amazing comeback win over the ninth-ranked Wolverines at ?The Big House? ? Hauled in 31-yard reception in the Illini?s 63-21 win over Virginia at the Micronpc.com Bowl ? Recorded highest yards per catch average on team (19.1) ? Caught career-long pass of 46 yards and set a career-high with 62 receiving yards vs. Northwestern ...Averaged 21.3 all-purpose yards a game.

    1998: Redshirted the 1998 season.

    High School: Played quarterback at Rich East, completing 108 of 180 passes for 2,032 yards and 20 touchdowns with just two interceptions as a senior ? Earned all-state honors as selected by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association ? Earned all-area and all-SICA Orange honors ? Earned a spot in the 1998 Suburban All-Star Game ? As a basketball player, named to Big Dipper All-Tournament team as a junior and senior ? Led Rich East to 8-2 record and SICA Orange league title . . . High school coach was Bob Lombardi . . . Earned six varsity letters at Rich East, three in football and three in basketball ? Averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds per game as a junior.

    Personal: Full given name is Walter Young, Jr. ? Born Dec. 7, 1979 in Chicago Heights, Ill. ? Most memorable moment in sports was earning MVP honors in Little League baseball title game ? Parents are Walter, a fleet driver, and Jacquelyn, an analyst, Young ? Has one brother, Steve ? Cousin, Greg Lewis, also is a wide receiver on the Illinois football team ? Majoring in leisure studies/sports management ? Enjoys video games ? Is a left-handed thrower.

    CAREER HIGHS
    Receptions: 7 three times  (last time vs. Northwestern, 11/22/01)
    Yards: 178 vs. LSU, 1/1/02
    Long: 61 vs. LSU, 1/1/02
    Touchdowns: 2 vs. LSU, 1/1/02
    

    RECEIVING STATISTICS YEAR G NO YDS AVG YD/G TD LG 1999 12 14 267 19.1 22.3 1 46 2000 11 27 403 14.9 36.6 0 57 2001 12 50 890 17.8 74.2 8 61 Total 35 91 1560 17.1 44.6 9 61

    YOUNG GAME-BY-GAME 2001 NO YDS TD LG @CAL 5 51 0 17 NIU 3 37 1 17 LOU 4 90 1 38 @MICH 3 60 0 48 MINN 1 12 0 12 @IND 3 44 1 18 WISC 4 48 0 17 @PUR 5 98 1 45 PSU 2 16 0 9 @OSU 7 133 1 37 NW 7 123 1 37 LSU* 6 178 2 61 * Nokia Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, La.

    2000 NO YDS TD LG MT 5 79 0 30 @SDSU 7 57 0 13 CAL 0 0 0 0 MICH 1 15 0 15 @MINN 2 24 0 17 IOWA 2 41 0 37 @PSU 6 127 0 57 @MSU 0 0 0 0 IND 3 40 0 22 OSU 0 0 0 0 @NW 1 20 0 20

    1999 NO YDS TD LG ASU 1 9 0 9 SDSU 0 0 0 0 @UL 1 5 0 5 MSU 0 0 0 0 @IND 0 0 0 0 MINN 2 32 0 26 @MICH 2 37 1 31 PSU 2 22 0 18 @IOWA 2 42 0 25 @OSU 1 27 0 27 NW 2 62 0 46 UVA* 1 31 0 31 *Micronpc.com Bowl; Miami, Fla.

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