Young led the Rutgers rushing attack in 2008 (Photo by Chris Faytok)
Junior Running Back Hopes to Dress Against Florida International
Piscataway, N.J. (Thursday, September 17, 2009) – The Scarlet Knights of Rutgers received more good news this week when junior running back Kordell Young declared himself healthy enough for his first action of the 2009 season. Recovering from a second knee surgery in his football career, Young is hopeful that the mobility of his knee has finally strengthened to the point that Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano will tell the West Deptford (NJ) High School graduate to put the pads back on this Saturday when they face Florida International in Piscataway.
"I don't know how to put a percentage on it because the soreness is still there after working out, but it feels great when I'm going," Young said after practice this past Tuesday. "I don't feel pain when I'm going, and if I do, I can fight through it. It's just something natural with all the surgeries I've had."
Young, who redshirted his freshman season while current Baltimore Ravens tailback Ray Rice was running himself deep into the Rutgers record books, is entering his fourth season with the Scarlet Knights and has not suited up for Rutgers since their PapaJohns.com Bowl victory over North Carolina State last December.
"It seems like a long time ago," Young said. "It feels like a lot longer than just a year ago."
Young hopes to be reinserted into the Scarlet Knights lineup alongside tailbacks Joe Martinek and Jourdan Brooks, but Coach Schiano has yet to confirm that he will dress him on Saturday.
"I'm concerned for him,” Schiano commented about the health of Young. "He's been through a lot. I'm just hoping that in the role that we're asking, he can stay healthy and that we're using the right judgment on how much he can do."
In eight contests last year, Young led all Rutgers running backs with 554 rushing yards.
"It won't ever be where he feels great, but he's made the decision that he loves the game and he's going to play with it,” Schiano continued. “Now, we can do things to manage his workload that will, I think, keep him from being in excruciating pain. It's kind of a grim outlook, but that's the way it is."
The Scarlet Knights and Florida International kick off this Saturday at 5:00 p.m. at Rutgers Stadium in what will be the 100th game coached at RU by Schiano.