The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about them all. One Foot Down’s player profile series will take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2019 season.
#87 Michael Young, WR.
The 5’10 190 lb Junior from from Santa Rose, LA comes into this year as a starter at wide receiver after serving as a role player over the last 2 seasons. He has played in 26 games thus far in his career, amounting to 11 catches, 150+ yards, and 2 tds. Both of his touchdowns have come in huge moments against LSU and Northwestern in critical points of the game. His modest stat line does not reflect on the type of production we should see this year, as he is poised to have a breakout year as a downfield threat for Ian Book and the offense.
Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift or Chicago
Taylor Swift. As Always. This offseason was a time take a breath for Young and have his first season where he is going to be counted on as one of the go to guys.
Hey, Dog, HEY!
Beagle. These dogs are stout, but they can burn.
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This is not just a huge play in this game, but a fantastic route. He puts a double move on the safety and even with an under thrown pass walks into the end zone.
2ème passe de TD de QB Ian Book. A la réception : WR Michael Young pour un TD de 47 yards. Quelle entrée en matière des Fighting Irish dans cette 2ème mi-temps.— TBP College Football (@thebluepennant) November 4, 2018
Northwestern 7, Notre Dame 21 pic.twitter.com/J21EDRx7pI
Young is my pick for a breakout offensive player this year. He is not nearly talked about in the same way as Chris Finke, Chase Claypool, Cole Kmet, or even some of the budding underclassmen. However, he will start and be a major part of the offense and will find himself open as some of the other players will be more keyed by the opposition. Look for him to put up 25-30 catches and 450+ all purpose yards, but for him to break a couple of big plays in key moments. His speed and quickness will allow him to break a screen/bubble and take it to the house (a la Wake Forest last year). The only reason I do not think he will be even more productive is the talent around him and Book’s ability to spread the love around. Young is going to be a very very solid player for the Irish all year.