2011: Serves as a back-up defensive end on the Lions’ stout defensive line rotation. Has 11 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 pass defense.
2010: Served as a back-up defensive end. Appeared in two games during his rookie season.
COLLEGE: Started 36-of-49 games at North Carolina State, including 28 at right defensive end and eight more on the left side. Recorded 194 tackles (109 solos) with 20.0 sacks for minus 140 yards, 46.0 stops for losses totaling 235 yards and 29 pressures. Caused four fumbles and recovered two others. Deflected 11 passes and intercepted three others for 42 yards in returns, including a touchdown. Young became just the sixth player in school history to register 20.0 sacks during a career, joining Mario Williams (25.5, 2003-05), Tyler Lawrence (24.0, 1990-93), Carl Reeves (22.5, 1991-94), Manny Lawson (21.0, 2002-05) and Mike Jones (21.0, 1987-90).
2009: Second-team All-ACC selection. Started all 12 games for the first time during his career, leading the team in sacks and tackles for loss. Finished sixth on the squad with 54 tackles (32 solos). His eight sacks for minus 56 yards ranked third in the ACC and tied for 35th in the nation. Also finished third in the conference and tied for 37th in the major college ranks with 14.0 stops for losses totaling 85 yards. Had three pressures, 2 forced fumbles and 3 pass defense, also recorded first career interception.
2008: Started 11 of 13 games at right defensive end. Participated in a career-best 608 plays, as he led the team with 6.5 sacks for minus 51 yards and 12.5 stops for losses of 72 yards. Also paced the Pack with 10 pressures. Recovered two fumbles, blocked a kick, intercepted one pass and deflected four others.
2007: Played in all 12 games, starting the final eight contests at left defensive end. Saw action in 590 snaps, leading the team with 5.5 sacks for minus 33 yards. His team-high 15.0 stops for losses of 66 yards are the second-highest total by a sophomore in school annals and ranked fourth in the ACC. Credited with 11 pressures, as he caused 2 fumbles and 3 pass defenses.
2006: Saw action in all 12 games, started five contests, including the last four of the season while sharing right defensive end duties with Martrel Brown. Recorded five quarterback pressures with 4.5 stops for losses of 12 yards and 44 tackles (24 solos).
2005: Red-shirted while competing on the scout team as a defensive end. Originally signed with the Pack in 2004, but attended prep school in the fall before enrolling back at State in January, 2005.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Attended Palm Beach (Fla.) Gardens Community High School, where the three-sport standout competed in football, basketball and track. First-team Class 6A All-State pick, as the defensive end recorded 65 tackles, including 25 for loss, and had 12.0 sacks as a senior.
YOUNG'S SINGLE-GAME BESTS:
It appears the Lions hit a home run with the selection of Ziggy Ansah in last year's draft, while fourth-round pick Devin Taylor has shown to be a solid choice as well. Do the Lions go to the well one more time in 2014?
Columnist Mike O'Hara also looks at K David Akers' performance and consistency at safety in his final thoughts on the Lions, Bengals matchup
Mike O'Hara on Stafford's stats, what Bears' QB Jay Cutler and RB Matt Forte have done to the Lions and Gunther Cunningham's comments on DE Willie Young
The play of Ziggy Ansah and Willie Young last week went way beyond any stat line in the game book
In this week's Belle Tire Coach's View, Herman Moore sits down with head coach Jim Schwartz to discuss DE Willie Young's sack on Browns' QB Brandon Weeden in the 31-17 win over Cleveland.
The Detroit Lions defensive line, including Ndamukong Suh and Willie Young campaign for Jason Jones to win Player of the Game vs. New England during an in-game sideline interview.