Finally, after three years, Scotty Young will have his chance to be a starting quarterback at the Football Bowl Subdivision level.
After sitting out last season at Louisiana Tech after transferring from Texas Tech after two unproductive seasons on the bench, Young was named La. Tech’s starting quarterback when the team’s post-spring depth chart was released on Thursday.
Young, as you’ll recall, is known for his prolific arm and probably should be equally as known for his hair (quality lettuce can be seen here.)
Young, as you’ll also recall, was a PARADE All-America selection and the Associated Press Texas Player of the Year.
He finally got his shot to live up to the hype that preceded him when he arrived at Texas Tech. This spring, Young didn’t disappoint.
In the Bulldogs’ spring game, Young completed 15 of 20 passes for 161 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. His back-up, Ryan Higgins, completed 17-of-26 passes for zero touchdowns and three interceptions.
New La. Tech head coach Skip Holtz had some positive things to say about Young’s performance on the school’s athletic website.
“I thought Scotty did a nice job,” Holtz said. “He did a good job of protecting the ball today. He did a nice job with the two-minute drive right before halftime with taking the team down the field and putting them in the end zone. I thought he did some really good things today.”
Young is replacing Colby Cameron, who threw 31 touchdowns and five interceptions last season.
Now I wasn’t here to cover Scotty, but you could ask anybody around here and they’ll tell you the kid with the long, blond hair was the truth. Back when I wrote about his transfer to Louisiana Tech, Ryan head coach Joey Florence spoke very highly of his former quarterback.
“Scotty was one of the best pure passers I’ve coached or coached against,” Florence said last April.
We’ll see how Young fares this season. Maybe Young does live up to the legend he built while he was at Ryan. Louisiana Tech hosts North Texas on Oct. 19.