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Jimmy Young

| | College: TCU
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With TCU's strong running game and the team owning one of the deepest receiving corps in the country, Young did not put up eye-popping numbers. He did make the most of his opportunities, however, and finished with the second-most career receiving yards in school history, as well as ranking fifth in both receptions and touchdowns.

After redshirting his first year in Fort Worth, Young caught 23 passes for 325 yards and one touchdown in 2007. As a sophomore, he stood out in the Horned Frogs' prolific spread offense with 59 receptions, 988 yards and five scores. Over the past two seasons, his numbers dwindled a bit with quarterback Andy Dalton having so many weapons to choose from (33-517-3 in 2009, 32-486-4 in 2010)-- though he did earn his second and third honorable mention All-Mountain West honors.

Even though Young lacks elite straight-line speed and was lost in the shuffle in TCU's passing attack with young Josh Boyce and fellow 2011 prospect Jeremy Kerley finishing one-two in receiving last season, his size and hands give him a chance to be a late-round sleeper pick as a reliable No. 3 receiver.


Strengths: Solid height and build for the position. Uses his soft, but strong, hands to snatch the ball out of the air outside of his body. Does well in jump-ball situations, owning excellent body control, nice vertical and strong hands to high-point passes. Superb sideline awareness, gets two feet in-bounds after the catch. Effective on slants, shields defenders using his frame. Adjusts to off-the-mark throws. Catches the ball well in traffic, will fight for the ball with defenders. Sells double moves effectively. Smooth catch and run, knows where defenders are and gets upfield quickly. Able to cut block and aggressively sustain when run-blocking off the snap, keeps a solid base. Makes his linemen aware of blitzing corners and linebackers near his area.

Weaknesses: Lacks the speed to threaten NFL cornerbacks deep and explosion accelerating off the line. Not very aggressive trying to gain separation. Not a polished route-runner, will round off and take time coming in and out of cuts. Indecisive trying to block in space, does not square up well and fails to sustain against his target.

--Jackson Boyd

2010 Season

Honorable-mention All-Mountain West Conference selection … one of only three players to play in all 51 games in the last four seasons, joining fellow wide outs Curtis Clay and Bart Johnson … In his final game at TCU, he tied a season-high with five receptions for 57 yards in a 21-19 Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin … He finished the 2010 season third on the team with 32 receptions for 486 yards (15.2 YPC) and 4 TDs.

Has moved into second place on TCU's career receiving yards list (2,259), behind Mike Renfro (2,739) … has 13 career touchdowns, tying him with LaTarence Dunbar (1999-02) and Kelly Blackwell (1988-91) for fifth all-time at TCU … leads all active Frogs in receptions (142) and receiving yards (2,259) … ranks fourth this season with 27 receptions and 429 yards … had at least one catch in 11 of the 12 games with multiple receptions in six contests, including the final six of the season … third on the team with four receiving touchdowns … had 39-yard score with his lone catch at Colorado State … had a season-high five catches for 84 yards and a touchdown at Utah … scored on a 14-yard reception as part of three catches in the 31-3 win versus BYU … recorded two receptions for 54 yards, including a season-long 45-yard grab in the 66-17 victory at New Mexico.

2009 Season

Honorable-mention All-Mountain West Conference … tied for second on TCU with 33 receptions, moving him into eighth place on TCU's career list with 115 catches … also climbed into seventh place in receiving yards with 1,830 … had at least one catch in 12 of the 13 games with multiple receptions in 10 contests … tied for second on TCU with three receiving touchdowns … had 31- and 36-yard scores in the opening two contests against Virginia and Texas State, respectively … had six catches for 113 yards on a frozen field in single-digit wind chill at Air Force … scored on a 12-yard reception as part of four catches in the 38-7 win at BYU … recorded three receptions for 48 yards in the 55-28 victory over Utah … closed the season with four grabs for 68 yards in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

2008 Season

Honorable-mention All-Mountain West Conference … missed by 12 yards of recording just the second 1,000-yard receiving season in TCU history … his team-best 988 yards still ranked second on the Horned Frogs' single-season chart (Reggie Harrell, 1,012, 2003) … his team-best 59 receptions nearly doubled the next-closest Frog (Ryan Christian, 30) … the 59 grabs tied for the fourth-best total in TCU history and the most since Cory Rodgers had 61 in 2004 … the first Frog with 50 catches in a season since Quentily Harmon (52) in 2006 … placed fifth in the MWC and 41st nationally in receiving yards per game (76.0)? … was seventh in the MWC in receptions per contest (4.5) … set a TCU single-game record with 226 yards receiving to go with three touchdowns on five catches in a 54-7 win over Wyoming … the 226 yards represented the high game by a Mountain West Conference player during the season and the sixth-best effort in the nation in 2008 … scored on receptions of 60, 55 and 39 yards … also had a season-long 65-yard grab against the Cowboys.

All five of his touchdown receptions on the season came in the last six contests … had four 100-yard receiving games on the year, the most by a Frog since Rodgers in 2004 … posted a career-high seven grabs for 104 yards versus Stephen F. Austin … totaled six receptions for 111 yards at Oklahoma … closed the regular season with five catches for 100 yards in the 44-10 win over Air Force … recorded five grabs for 62 yards in the 17-16 Poinsettia Bowl victory over Boise State … had a 25-yard touchdown reception on TCU's first play from scrimmage in the 32-7 win over BYU … contributed a 13-yard scoring grab in the 44-14 win at UNLV … had at least four receptions in 11 of 13 games.

2007 Season

Tied for fifth on the Frogs with 23 receptions … his 14.1 yards per catch mark was the best among TCU's top-six receivers … had at least one catch in 12 of the 13 games … totaled eight contests with multiple receptions … his first collegiate touchdown was also the Frogs' longest play from scrimmage on the season, a 70-yard connection with Andy Dalton in the 38-36 win at Stanford … totaled three receptions for 110 yards on the day … it was TCU's highest total for receiving yards in a game in nearly two years (Cory Rodgers, 128 at Air Force, Oct. 22, 2005) … it also represented the most receiving yards by a redshirt freshman at TCU since Rodgers had 171 yards on six catches in a 2003 win at Houston … also had three-reception games in wins over SMU and UNLV … made his collegiate debut with two receptions for 35 yards in the 27-0 win over Baylor.

2006 Season

Redshirted as a true freshman.

High School

First-team all-state as a senior … also received first-team all-district and All-Northeast Louisiana honors … totaled 83 receptions for 939 yards and five touchdowns … a two-year letterman in football and track … has an uncle, Oliver Lawrence, who played at LSU and one year in the National Football League … chose TCU over Missiissippi State, Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe and Tulsa.


Parents are Roy and Mary Smith


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