Rice and Gravy

By Richard Kent
Updated: September 17, 2006

NEW JERSEYHe may be the heralded recruit at Rutgers University. And yet he only sees limited playing time as a freshman. That is more of a function of the success of the Scarlet Knights this year than any lack of ability on his part. His name is Kordell Young and he is an all purpose running back as well as a special team’s player for the 3-0 Scarlet Knights who are knocking on the door of the top 25 for the first time in ages.

Young had originally committed to Virginia but then made the switch to Rutgers last winter and he is glad that he did. He is more than excited with the atmosphere at Rutgers Stadium, the opportunity for his family to see him play and the start that his Scarlet Knights are getting on their way to a second straight bowl bid. And don’t think that their appearance in the insight Bowl last year didn’t have an impact on his decision to play football in Piscataway New Jersey at the home of college football. But of course that was 1869 and this is 2006.

Young runs the 40 in 4.0, benches 270 pounds and squats 520 pounds on his 5-9 190 pound frame. Not bad.

In the win over Illinois he had 37 yards rushing in only 8 attempts. He has a long run this year of 17 yards and has made one solo tackle.

Young is playing behind Ray Rice, one of the top running backs in all of the land.

Rutgers is a big favorite against Howard this coming Saturday and Young should get an opportunity for much time on offense, especially in the second half. Then the Big East schedule starts in earnest with a game at South Florida and if Young shows his ability next week he should be a staple to the Rutgers offense for the rest of the season. They have one of the best running attacks in the country with Rice and Brian Leonard and Young only adds valuable depth.

Rutgers will be favored in all games except at Pittsburgh and West Virginia and at home to Louisville and a 9-3 record could send the Scarlet Knights to Toronto, Texas or Alabama for a bowl game. Young will be there and should play a major role in the Knights attempts to win their first bowl in 3 tries. And this is only his freshman year.