The Arizona State Sun Devils are running a bit under the radar this preseason as a darkhorse pick for the Pac 12 title. A major reason for that optimism in Tempe is the talented defense that is sure to make an impact in the Pac 12 race this fall. One of the key contributors for ASU who is poised to step out as a major star this season is senior linebacker Chris Young.
Young joined ASU before last season as a junior college transfer and was impressive as the team’s starting spur linebacker. He recorded 82 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss and two sacks with an interception as he proved to be a dynamic defensive playmaker. With a full year of experience in this system under his belt, bigger things will be expected from Young in 2013.
A position change may also prove to be a boost to Young’s 2013 season statistics. The team is experimenting with moving Young this fall from his spur position to the will linebacker spot where Brandon Magee flourished in 2012. Young would have some serious shoes to fill and he lacks the ideal size to hold down the position, but a strong fall camp where he shows off his athleticism could turn him into a featured playmaker for the Sun Devils’ defensive attack.
ASU needs its defense to be dynamic and disruptive in 2013 if they have any shot at making a run to the Rose Bowl this season. Young could be just the playmaker they need at the linebacker position to take them over the top next season. Will he prove to be the answer or will his lack of size keep him from taking off as the team’s will backer?