Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2016)
» Big Ten All-Freshman Team (BTN.com, ESPN.com, 2015)
» Nebraska Newcomer of the Year Award (2015)
» Nebraska Record for Most Tackles by a True Freshman (61, 2015)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2015)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)
2017 Season Notes
» Recorded his second-career sack in the opener against Arkansas State
» Notched six tackles, including a tackle for loss, against Rutgers
Linebacker Dedrick Young II has been a regular in the starting lineup each of his first two years in the Nebraska program. Young earned a starting spot at outside linebacker as a true freshman in 2015 and again held down that spot during his sophomore season. With Nebraska’s switch to a 3-4 defense this fall, the 6-1 235-pound Young is likely to move to an inside linebacker spot, where he will compete for extensive playing time.
Young has been among Nebraska’s leading tacklers each of the past two seasons and recorded a Husker record for most tackles by a true freshman in 2015. Young originally enrolled in January of 2015, giving him a headstart on his college career. In addition to his on-field success, Young earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2016.
Young played in 12 games and made nine starts, while missing the Maryland game with an injury. Young topped 60 tackles for the second straight year, making 34 solo stops and 26 assists. He added four tackles for loss, a sack and four pass breakups. Young had six games with five or more tackles.
Young opened the year with six tackles, including five solo stops in a win over Fresno State. He had seven tackles at Northwestern, with six solo stops. He added a tackle for loss and a breakup in NU's road win. Young had six tackles and a breakup against Illinois and had a career-high two tackles for loss and his first career sack at Indiana.
Young made a career-best 11 tackles at Purdue, while adding a pair of pass breakups. Young finished the year with six tackles at Iowa and five stops against Tennessee in the Music City Bowl.
Young became one of just five Husker true freshmen to start a season opener since World War II, and he was one of just four true freshmen linebackers to start any game since 1993. His play earned Young freshman All-Big Ten honors from BTN and ESPN.com. He played in 12 games with 11 starts, while missing the South Alabama game with an injury. Young finished with 61 tackles, including 25 solo stops, and had five tackles for loss. His 61 tackles were the most ever by a Nebraska true freshman. He had seven games with five or more tackles.
Young opened the year with seven tackles and a breakup in his debut against BYU. He recorded a season-high 11 tackles and two tackles for loss in the Big Ten opener at Illinois. A week later he had nine tackles and a pass breakup against Wisconsin. Young had six tackles in back-to-back games against Purdue and Michigan State, and had a tackle for loss agains the Spartans.
Young had four tackles, including two tackles for loss in a decisive victory at Rutgers. He closed the regular season with five tackles and two hurries against Iowa, and had three tackles in the Foster Farms Bowl.
Before Nebraska (Centennial HS)
Young’s play led Coach Richard Taylor’s team deep into the Arizona Division II playoffs for three seasons. In 2014, the Coyotes posted a 12-2 record and won the state championship, winning their four playoff games by an average of nearly 30 points per game. Young keyed the state title season. He rushed for 1,557 yards and 19 touchdowns with nine 100-yard rushing games. In the final three playoff games, Young rushed for a total of 379 yards and five touchdowns. He also totaled 98 tackles, including 55 solo stops, seven tackles for loss and a sack. He added nine hurries, an interception and two breakups.
Young’s versatility was evident in his postseason honors. He was an All-Arizona offensive pick by the Arizona Republic and the publication’s Division II Player of the Year, while the state’s coaches association named him the Division II Defensive Player of the Year.
As a junior, Young rushed for 1,696 yards and 17 touchdowns, while adding 89 tackles, nine tackles for loss, five sacks and three fumbles caused. His play led Centennial to a 10-2 record and a trip to the state playoffs. Young was an All-Arizona selection as a running back.
As a sophomore, Young rushed for 450 yards and 15 touchdowns, while adding 23 tackles and three tackles for loss, helping the Coyotes to a 12-2 record and a state runner-up finish.
Young was a consensus top 10 player in Arizona and Scout ranked him as the nation’s No. 34 linebacker. Young chose Nebraska after also visiting Washington, and he had offers from nearly every Pac-12 school, including Oregon State, UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State.
The son of Dedrick and Amy Young, Dedrick was born on Nov. 7, 1996. He is majoring in supply chain management and was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring of 2015. He earned a spot on the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2016 and 2017 for his outreach work, including Husker Heroes, Uplifting Athletes, Make-a-Wish, the People’s City Mission and hospital visits.