2018 Gameday Program Senior Feature - Dedrick Young
A senior linebacker from Peoria, Ariz., Dedrick Young was once a coveted high school football recruit. Many experts around the high school recruiting world thought he would stay out west to play college football. This was not to be, however, as he committed to join the Husker family in September 2014, shortly after an official visit to Lincoln for a football game.
“Out of all the other schools I visited, there was just something different about Nebraska,” Young said. “With the academic resources, overall environment at Nebraska and all the tradition it has, it just felt like home to me. My family really liked it here too, so it was definitely the right choice for me.”
Young graduated from high school in December 2014, enrolling at Nebraska in January 2015 so he could take part in spring ball and work toward earning the trust of the coaching staff. He wanted to put himself in position to play as a true freshman in 2015. The decision paid off. Not only did he play as a freshman, but he started 11 games at outside linebacker, becoming one of just five true freshmen Huskers at the time to start a season opener since World War II.
Young still remembers how he felt when he stepped on the field for the first time at Memorial Stadium before the Huskers’ game against BYU.
“Honestly, I walked out there during warmups and saw the stadium starting to fill up, and I thought to myself, ‘okay, this is pretty cool.’ Then the game started and I heard the fans going crazy for the first time. I was starstruck. It was wild,” he said.
Throughout his four-year career at NU, Young has been remarkably durable. He’s played in 45 out of Nebraska’s 47 games during his time as a Husker, starting in 40 of those contests. He’s accumulated 258 tackles, two sacks, 13 pass deflections, one interception and one forced fumble.
The 6-1, 245-pound senior is majoring in supply chain management and was named to the 2016 Academic All-Big Ten team. He’s all set to graduate at the conclusion of the fall semester and will look to sign with an agent after the season in order to pursue a career in the National Football League.
However, Young still has a handful of games left in his college career and has some goals for himself and his teammates as they finish out the 2018 season.
“We just want to keep getting better and better everyday,” Young said. “I’m going to enjoy every last minute I have on this field with my brothers. We still have work to do this season.”
Young has a chance to really leave his mark at NU. He currently sits in ninth place in the career tackle rankings. He moved into the top 10 last week against Ohio State and is 18 tackels from ranking in the top five. After all is said and done in the collegiate football career of Dedrick Young, there are a few things he will miss the most about being a student-athlete at NU.
“I’m going to miss all of the awesome people I’ve met here that I never would have met if I didn’t come here to play football,” Young said. “I’m just going to miss coming out here and having fun with my teammates everyday. I will definitely come back and visit my old teammates and coaching staff when I’m gone, so I’m just going to enjoy everything here while I can.”
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