Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 9/1/09: #8 DE, #70/750 Overall, Projected Rd: 3 2009 East-West Shrine Invite 2008: 13 GP; 12 GS; 29 Sol-58 TT, 12.5 TFL, 6.5 SK, 1 INT, 4 PBU, 10 QBH, 1 BLK; Honorable mention All-ACC. Tallied 26 quarterback pressures (coaches' count) for the season to lead the team Also led the team in tackles for loss (12.5) and sacks (6.5) Tallied five tackles, including three for loss and two sacks, and intercepted a pass in the win over North Carolina. 2007: 12 GP; 8 GS; 24 Sol-38 TT, 15 TFL, 5.5 SK, 3 PBU, 11 QBH, 2 FF; Tallied 16 tackles for loss for the season, that ties as the seventh-best mark in school history Pressured the opponent quarterback 24 times for the year (coaches' count) 14 of his 16 tackles for loss were in the last seven games of the year Posted the best all-around performance of his career in the win over Virginia, tallying seven tackles, including three sacks and pressuring the Cavalier QB five times Broke up six passes for the season, the third-highest mark on the team. 2006: 12 GP; 5 GS; 24 Sol-44 TT, 5 TFL, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 5 QBH; started the last four of the season In for a high of 68 plays against Georgia Tech, he tallied a season-high nine tackles in that contest as well Led the team in quarterback pressures with 15 - more than double any other Wolfpack player Led the team with eight tackles against East Carolina Earned the 'second effort' award for the defense following 2006 spring drills. 2005: Redshirted at defensive end Originally signed with the Pack in 2004, he attended prep school in the fall and enrolled at N.C. State in January of 2005.
Post-Draft Outlook: Round 7/213 -- Willie Young, DE, 6-5, 251, North Carolina State: Young is athletic, but there were questions about his consistency, toughness and durability in college. He will be a 25-year-old rookie. - by The Sports Xchange
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12/10/12 - DT Willie Young seriously contemplated having the middle finger on his left hand amputated.
"Two weeks ago I was like, 'Yeah, let's get rid of it,'" he said. "But it's a little better now, so maybe I will keep it."
Young sliced the finger at the top knuckle making a tackle on Green Bay's James Starks three weeks ago. It remains extremely mangled, though he's continued to play.
"He's got the ugliest finger I ever saw," defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said. "I told him that (Hall of Famer) Ronnie Lott cut his (finger) off, so cut it off."
Young said the finger was cut to the bone and some nerves were severed. It was too deep to even bother with stitches. He said his only treatment has been to soak it in various chemicals and disinfectants.
"I just tape it up and eat the pain," he said. How bad is the pain? "On a scale of one to 10," he said, "9.9999."
10/21/12 - DE Willie Young admits he's had a hard time adjusting to his limited playing time. He had just one tackle through the first five games, playing an average of 15 snaps per game. "Everything will come around," Young said. "I got off to a slow start. No excuses. I had my opportunities. But you best believe from this day forward, we're going to turn it around here."
10/17/12 - DE Willie Young was one of the team's most disruptive linemen through the preseason but he has gotten off to a slow start. He has made just one tackle in five games. The Lions had hoped to split reps evenly between Young and Kyle Vanden Bosch, but that hasn't happened. Young only played 27 snaps to Vanden Bosch's 53 last week.
10/04/12 - DEs Willie Young and Lawrence Jackson each played 33 percent of the defensive snaps during Detroit's loss to the Vikings. Their snap counts indicate that they're relative equals from a talent perspective, and that they are slowly taking a bigger role in defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham's system. If Young and Jackson continue to increase their workload, the ability to maintain an endlessly fresh supply linemen could rekindle the D-line's struggling pass rush.
09/17/12 - DE Willie Young, by all accounts is healthy, but he only played 16 snaps. After a sensational preseason, Young has been very quiet through two games. He has not made a tackle.