Archive for the ‘Sam Young’ Category

Putting The Axe Down, Continues…

September 16, 2009

The Spotlight Is On Manti And Young Says It’s Time To Prove It

August 8, 2009
Spotlight on Manti Teo @ Rivals Video

Young: Time to prove it @ Rivals Video

I hope those are just the practice uniforms.

Wu Am I? Tha Lonely Donkey Kong & Embryonic Crusadah

May 7, 2009

Welcome to another edition of Wu Am I? for the 2009 season. Once again- I am trying to identify the 36 players of impact for the 2009 squad. So without any further bullshit, I open chambers 3 and 4…

Sam Young #74
Right Tackle
6’8″ 330 lbs.
Senior
Coral Springs, Florida
Wu Name: Embryonic Crusadah

Ever since Sam Young committed to Notre Dame, the expectations for the mammoth offensive lineman have been equally enormous. He was the top offensive lineman coming out of high school and he was well on his way to proving everyone right as he started the very first game of his freshman year against Georgia Tech. He has started every game since. That doesn’t mean that his career at Notre dame has been golden. Sam is a natural right tackle, but an injury early in the 2007 season to his right wrist forced him over to the left side. While playing left tackle, Sam was exposed as slow-footed as he went up against the opposing teams best pass-rushers. Of course, it didn’t help that he had no help around him, or that he was really playing out of position, or the fact that he was still only a sophomore.

This year, the offensive line got a late Christmas present in the form of Frank Verducci. I predict that NO ONE will benefit more from Verducci’s coaching than Young. Sam is already being touted as a first round lock in next years NFL Draft. Those are big expectations for someone that still is looking to justify prior ones. I think Sam can- and will develop into a dominant presence on the offensive line. He has the will to be great- the Irish faithful are waiting.

Ethan Johnson #9
Defensive End
6’4″ 280 lbs.
Sophomore
Portland, Oregon
Wu Name: Tha Lonely Donkey Kong

When Ethan Johnson committed to the Irish in June of 2007, he was being touted as a can’t miss 5 star prospect. Than, Ethan sprained his knee during the first game of his senior year and missed the rest of the season. To rehab his knee for his upcoming college career, Johnson joined the swim team. The results paid off for Ethan. He played a lot of critical minutes for the Irish, and as the season wore on- Ethan got better. He played a brilliant Hawaii Bowl and at times last year – he looked like the best defensive lineman on the team.

What helped get Ethan on the field early and often for the Irish was his versatility. He can play as either a defensive tackle, or on the outside as an end. Notre Dame has him listed as a defensive end right now, and that is looking like more of the major role that he will play. However, it wouldn’t surprise me if Ethan was moved around a lot in 2009. Aside from Ian Williams, the rest of the defensive tackles are very inexperienced. The best news for the Irish faithful, would be that their young defensive tackles developed and became a sound rotation, keeping Johnson on the outside. That seems a like a little too much to ask, but you never know. Personally, I think Johnson will retain the same kind of role across the front in 2009 as he had in 2008. Either way- he’s going to kick someones ass.

Enter The 36 Chambers… Irish Style

April 24, 2008

So I was talking to my mom the other day (huge Irish and Packer fan) and I was showing her the website NDLNA.com. I was explaining to her all the site had to offer and how to maneuver around the site. She then stated that she was kind of lost this year on the players and wanted to get to know them a little better. Instead of calling Charlie Weis and straight pimp mom off to the defensive line, I thought I would give a little rundown on some of the players this year.

I love Wu-Tang, my mom loves Wu-Tang, and you should love Wu-Tang as well. With that being said, I am going to attach the Wu-Name for each player in this 36 man list. This list is by NO means a depth chart run down (I’ll get to that on a later post), but more of a list of players that should have ample playing time this year.

If you would like your own Wu-Name, follow this LINK and it will provide you with one. I’ll give two players a post and have a new post every few days or so until finished…

Robert Hughes #33
Running Back
5’11” 238 lbs.
Sophomore
Chicago, Illinois
Wu-Name: Arrogant Menace

Hughes is a fucking animal. Seriously. He is a cross between a rhino and a gazelle. He runs with so much power and yet has some very swift feet. He should see the bulk of the carries out of the backfield this year and honestly, he needs around 20-25 touches to be truly effective. He will, no doubt, take over the goaline back duties. You will also hear me refer to him as “The Chi-Town Colossal Ass-Kicker” as well.


Sam Young #74
Right Tackle
6’8″ 330 lbs.
Junior
Coral Springs, Florida
Wu-Name: Phantom Dominator

Sam Young came to South Bend as a highly recruited 5 star prospect. He has started every game since in his career at Notre Dame. While he played very well at right tackle his freshman year, he was forced over to the left side last year due to a wrist injury. He isn’t a left tackle. He is a force on the right side however and the Irish should see holes the size of Dick-Rod’s mouth on his side. The Irish must have Young perform at his best this year if they intend on moving the ball on the ground efficiently.

Now a little reminder of what being the C.R.E.A.M. of the crop really is…

Young Is A Monster And Running Back Has 3 Heads

March 30, 2008

Hughes, Allen, and Aldridge are looking help the team.

Sam Young is looking to lead the Irish to victory.