Darrel’s Journey to the NFLWritten by playerpress.com Tuesday October 26 2010
A four-year starter during his Villanova career, Young ranked second on the squad in 2008 with 73 total tackles (41 solo, 32 assisted). He made nine tackles for a loss, including a pair of sacks and also had three pass breakups.
Young played in 44 games during his collegiate career and totaled 244 total tackles, including 113 solo tackles and 131 assisted stops. He registered 19.5 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and three blocked kicks, one of which he returned for a touchdown.
With the Redskins, he was converted to a fullback in 2010 on the first day he reported to camp. This was not an uncomfortable move for him as he was originally recruited as a running back by Villanova who then switched him to linebacker.
Darrel made a big impression with the Redskins on Special Teams throughout training camp and the preseason.
Head Coach Mike Shanahan thought that Darrel was a big hitter and caught the ball really well and because of this, and the Redskins need for a fullback, that he would be the ideal candidate for the position.
Darrel made a good impression with the coaches and ended up making the Redskins final roster as the backup fullback after all the cuts.
He has been playing on both the kickoff and punt return teams and continues to make a good impression on the team.