UCLA football links: Kenny Young on Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list

PASADENA, CA – SEPTEMBER 24: Kenny Young #42 of the UCLA Bruins returns his interception as he looks for a block from Adarius Pickett #6 during the first quarter against the Stanford Cardinal at Rose Bowl on September 24, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

UCLA middle linebacker Kenny Young was one of 42 players named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list on Friday.

Young, who is coming off a breakout junior year with the Bruins, was sixth in the Pac-12 in tackling last year with 90 total tackles (7.5 per game). He had five sacks, which ranked second on the team, one interception and three fumble recoveries. With the departure of the conference’s leading tackler Jayon Brown, Young will be the centerpiece of UCLA’s linebacking unit this season.

Young would be the third UCLA linebacker to win the Lott Trophy, which recognizes the top defensive player in the country while also celebrating the player’s off-the-field characteristics. Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks won the award in back-to-back years in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

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Kenny Young, Adarius Pickett after UCLA’s spring game

Linebacker Kenny Young talks about Valorie Kondos Field‘s inspirational pregame speech that led the White Team to victory, his role as a leader on the defense and where the linebackers are right now.

Defensive back Adarius Pickett talks about his interception in the spring game, why this defensive backs group is better than last years and what it meant to see Takkarist McKinley get drafted.

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Video: Kenny Young and Jaleel Wadood

Linebacker Kenny Young talks about his goals for spring practice, what it’s like seeing Mique Juarez back on the field and how he helps Octavius Spencer learn the linebacker position.

Safety Jaleel Wadood talks about stepping up into a leadership position in the secondary, mentoring Darnay Holmes and the story behind his new number. Continue reading “Video: Kenny Young and Jaleel Wadood” »

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Video: Takkarist McKinley and Kenny Young on Cal

Defensive end Takkarist McKinley talks about returning home to the Bay Area, facing the team he signed with out of high school and how many people he’s expecting in his cheering section this Saturday.

Linebacker Kenny Young talks about what he’s focused on for this weekend after what could be the team’s last padded practice of the year.

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Video: Bolu Olorunfunmi, Austin Roberts, Kenny Young

Running back Bolu Olorunfunmi talks about his role in pass protection last week and how he stays confident when the Bruins are the worst running team in the country.

Tight end Austin Roberts talks about the team’s 1-0 mentality, what the offense needs to to do improve and his confidence in Mike Fafaul.

Linebacker Kenny Young talks about facing Colorado and finishing the season out on the strong note.

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