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D.J. Young
D.J. Young

Hometown:
Lansing, Mich.

Last College:
Bowling Green

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 298

Position:
OT

Experience:
2L


Feature: Home Sweet Home


CAREER NOTES: Two-year letterwinner started 23 games on the offensive line in his two-year Spartan career . . . converted defensive lineman was a transfer from Bowling Green and first started practicing with the Spartans in the spring of 2009.

2010 SEASON (SENIOR): Started 12 games at left tackle and saw action in all 13 games . . . named second-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and was an honorable mention selection by the media . . . also named second-team All-Big Ten by Rivals.com and Phil Steele . . . one of two recipients of the team's President's Award (Perseverance, Senior Lineman) . . . earned Spartan Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week honors for his performance in the comeback win over Northwestern . . . named Spartan Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week for his role in leading MSU past No. 11 Wisconsin; the Spartans rushed for 175 yards against the Badgers . . . made the switch from right tackle to left tackle during 2010 spring practice.

2009 SEASON (JUNIOR): Started the last 11 games at right tackle . . . named Lineman of the Week vs. Northwestern . . . played a season-high 81 snaps in MSU's 26-20 overtime win over Michigan . . . made his first career start as a Spartan at right tackle in the Notre Dame game . . . participated in spring practice with the Spartans.

2008 SEASON: Enrolled at Lansing (Mich.) Community College in fall 2008 after transferring from Bowling Green.

2007 SEASON (SOPHOMORE AT BOWLING GREEN): Appeared in 11 games in 2007, including a starting assignment at defensive tackle vs. Kent State . . . credited with 23 tackles (6 solos, 17 assists), including 2.5 for losses (6 yards) . . . recorded a career-best six tackles vs. Kent State . . . made four stops vs. Toledo, including one for a 2-yard loss . . .

2006 SEASON (FRESHMAN AT BOWLING GREEN): Saw action in six games as a true freshman in 2006, including three starts at nose guard (vs. Kent State, Ohio and Ohio State) . . . tallied seven tackles (4 solos, 3 assists) . . . produced a season-high three tackles vs. Ohio . . . earned his first collegiate start vs. Kent State and made two stops . . . posted two solo hits vs. Florida International, including one for a 1-yard loss.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected to play in the 2006 Michigan High School Football Coaches Association All-Star Game . . . named to the Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team as a senior . . . also earned all-conference honors in 2005 after recording 53 tackles, including seven sacks . . . selected as the Big Red's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior . . . two-year starter for Coach Dan Boggan at Sexton High School in Lansing, Mich. . . . began his prep football career at Kalamazoo (Mich.) Central where he was a two-year letterman for Coach Bob Kubiak . . . also lettered in basketball and track in high school . . . son of Duane Young Sr. and Angela Anderson . . . given name is Curtis Duane Young Jr. . . . born Jan. 26, 1988 . . . father Duane, a four-year letterman for Coach George Perles at Michigan State (1987-90), spent six years in the National Football League as a tight end (San Diego Chargers, 1991-95; Buffalo Bills, 1998) . . . majoring in sociology.