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Titus Young

| | College: Boise State
 
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Overview

There's no doubt Young can stretch the field. He averaged more than 15 yards per reception over his four-year career at Boise State, and he reeled in 25 touchdown passes. Of course, those totals could be quite a bit higher if not for some off-field issues.

As a sophomore, Young was suspended for the final nine games of the season, including the Poinsettia Bowl loss to TCU, for breaking unspecified team rules. He has kept his nose clean since, becoming a real Rubik's Cube for WAC defenses.

As a freshman, Young caught at least one pass in all 13 games, finishing third on the team with 44 receptions and five scores. After his sophomore hiatus, he became the only player in the conference to earn two first-team All-WAC honors, making the cut as both a receiver and a return specialist in 2009.

That all pales in comparison to his senior stat sheet. His 71 receptions, 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns once again placed Young on the conference's first team, and he was also recognized by the Associated Press as a third-team All-American.

He's not a big-bodied guy and he lacks ideal height, but he's a sneaky player off the line with the ability to consistently slip press coverage and get behind the secondary. If he can continue to walk the straight and narrow, his versatility and value as a kick returner could land him in the mid-rounds as a potential dynamo in the slot.

Analysis

Strengths: Very quick receiver who eats up the cushion out of his breaks and gets on top of the corner in a hurry. Has a solid second gear to get down the field after initial moves and can run away from defenders. Explodes out of his stance with no wasted steps and does a nice job of stemming his routes. Is a sudden athlete who moves seamlessly in and out of his breaks without sacrificing acceleration. Maintains his balance when cutting and keeps his feet under him in his routes. Runs crisp routes to earn consistent separation from defenders and is shifty enough out of his stance to slip press coverage. Has great lateral quickness in the open field and can create on his own after the reception. Sells out to make tough catches and fully extends his body and arms when going over the middle. Possesses strong wrists to snag the ball and hold onto it in traffic. Tracks passes over either shoulder. Understands spacing and will not drift back into coverage. Versatile player who brings added value as both a kick and punt returner due to this combination of straight-line running, toughness and elusiveness.

Weaknesses: Slight, thin frame that may not hold up in the NFL with his playing style. Loses focus and drops catchable passes. Concentration wavers all too often and will look to run upfield before securing the ball. Does not win jump balls often and struggles to out-leap defenders. Can be stymied at the line by physical corners and lacks the strength and drive to be an effective run blocker. Has nice timed speed, but lacks elite ability to burn by defensive backs on a consistent basis. Has a reputation as an egotistical player who can resist coaching.

--Hunter Ansley

2010 Season

Young, a three-time first-team All-WAC selection, wrapped up his career at Boise State as the school's all-time leading receiver with 3,063 yards. Thanks to a 64-yard effort in the Broncos' bowl game, he also set the school's all-time single season receiving yards record with 1,215 on the year. He finished second behind Pettis in career receptions (204) and fourth in career receiving touchdowns (25). He is the first Bronco to eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark twice (2009, 2010) and is also a threat in the return game, averaging 152.42 all-purpose yards per game during the regular season-a mark that ranked in the top 20 in the country. Young's 43-game streak with a reception is currently tied for second best in the country.

Played in each of the Broncos' 12 games during his final collegiate campaign, including 10 starts … named first-team All-Western Athletic Conference for the second-straight year … caught 65 passes for a career-high 1,151 yards … reception total is seventh-most in single-season history, and his yardage total is the second-most all-time … 198 career receptions is the second-most in school history … 2,999 career receiving yards are the most in school history … nine receiving touchdowns in 2010 are tied for the ninth-most in Boise State single-season history … 25 career receiving scores are the fourth-most in school history … has 35 total touchdowns on his career, tied for the seventh-most in school history … second-straight 1,000-yard season was the ninth in Boise State history … first Bronco to record two 1,000- yard seasons … 1,436 all-purpose yards is tied for the team high with Doug Martin … his 4,386 career all-purpose ranks sixth all-time at Boise State … four 100-yard receiving efforts, and had eclipsed triple digits by halftime in three games … at least four receptions in every game, including a season-high eight for a career-high 164 yards against Fresno State (Nov. 19) … season-high two touchdowns against the Bulldogs.

Caught five passes for 136 yards and a touchdown - all in the first half - against No. 24 Oregon State (Sept. 25) … led the team in catches (seven) and yards (105) against San Jose State, and had 101 yards at halftime … led team in catches (six) and yards (129) at No. 19 Nevada (Nov. 26) … also had 99 yards against Hawai'i … also ran for and caught a touchdown against the Spartans … 83-yard touchdown catch against Hawai'i was the ninth-longest pass play in school history … also caught a 58-yard touchdown pass against Idaho … rushed 11 times for 85 yards and a touchdown on the season … returned 23 kickoffs for 550 yards (23.9-yard average) … returned four punts for 43 yards, three of which came against the Beavers … season-long 36-yard return at Wyoming (Sept. 18) … received the team's Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year Award in a vote of his teammates at the season-ending banquet.

2009 Season

Young was the only player in the WAC to earn two first-team awards receiving the honors on offense and as the league's top kick return specialist … Became the first Bronco in school history to record two kickoff returns for touchdowns in a career and season when he returned the opening kickoff 95 yards to the end zone against Nevada … Recorded his first career kick-off return for touchdown against Idaho when he returned a kickoff 100 yards for a TD … Finished the regular season with a team high 79 receptions for 1,041 yards and 10 receiving touchdowns, all are career highs … Became just the eighth player in Bronco history to surpass the 1,000 yard mark for receiving yards in a season … Ranked second in WAC averaging 5.64 receptions per game … Finished second in WAC in all-purpose yards (143.7 ypg) and kick return average (26.9), was third in receiving yards (74.4 ypg) and tied for seventh in scoring (TDs) averaging 6.4 points per game … Career wise at Boise State, currently ranks ninth in receptions with 133; 16th in receiving yards with 2,848; and fifth for number of kickoff returns with 54 … Also rushed the football 15 times for 151 yards and three touchdowns.

Caught eight passes for 72 yards in Fiesta Bowl win over TCU … Had a career day at Fresno State with two touchdowns (1 fumble recovery, one receiving) and recorded 174 all-purpose yards (154 kick return, 29 receiving, -9 rushing) … Scored two rushing touchdowns in Boise State's win at Bowling Green, one for 18 yards and one for a career long run of 25 yards … Caught six passes for 58 yards at Bowling Green and six passes for 83 yards and a touchdown against UC Davis … Also caught eight passes (115 yards), three for touchdowns (a career high) against Hawai'i … Caught eight passes for 110 yards and one touchdown against Louisiana Tech … Caught six passes for 101 yards and one score against Idaho … Caught five passes for 102 yards against Utah State … Recorded five or more receptions in 11 games this season … set a career-high with 156 yards on five kickoff returns against Nevada.

2008 Season

Played in three games, catching 10 passes for 168 yards and one touchdown … Also rushed for 52 yards on five carries and scored two touchdowns.

2007 Season

Caught at least one pass in all 13 of Boise State's games … Finished third on team in receptions (44) and second in receiving yards (639) while catching third-most touchdown passes (five) … Led team in yards per catch (14.5) … Also rushed for 66 yards and two touchdowns … Best overall game was at Utah State with three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving), five catches for 64 yards, and two rushes for 17 yards … Had a season-high seven catches for 47 yards against East Carolina in Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl … Finished with six catches against San Jose State for 44 yards … Had season-high 84 yards receiving and a touchdown on five catches against New Mexico State … Caught four passes for 71 yards against Southern Miss and had four catches for 66 yards and a touchdown at Louisiana Tech … Caught three passes for 31 yards at Fresno State and had two catches against Idaho (for 66 yards and a touchdown), Nevada (28 yards), Wyoming (27 yards) and Hawai'i (15 yards) … First catch of career against Weber State went 53 yards for a touchdown … Also caught one pass at Washington for 43 yards.

Off-Field Issues

2008: Suspended for the final nine games of the season, including the Poinsettia Bowl loss to TCU, for breaking unspecified team rules.

High School

A two-sport letterman at University High School in Los Angeles, Calif., lettering in football three times and track and field twice. Named all-state, all-city and one of the top 10 receivers in the state. Led the city section in both interceptions and r

 
Latest News
03/30/2011 - Overrated: Titus Young, Boise State: I hear the comparison of Young to DeSean Jackson and chuckle. They are similar in that both played in the West, are considerably lighter than most NFL receivers and left school with significant off-field concerns. At 5-11, 174 pounds Young was electronically timed at the 2011 combine at 4.49 seconds. At 5-10, 169 pounds Jackson was clocked at 4.35 seconds in 2008. Some have pointed to their return skills. Young was a standout kick returner for Boise State, but his lack of bulk won't allow him to play that position in the NFL and he returned only 11 punts in four seasons with the Broncos. This, of course, is quite a bit different than the six punt return touchdowns Jackson scored for California against better competition. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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