Joel Young
Joel Young

Player Profile

San Francisco

High School:
St. Mary's

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 185



A hard-working senior who will carry a big load in the passing game ... one of few veteran receivers on the team ... runs precise routes and catches the ball well ... has toiled in the shadows of the Pac-10's leading receiver the last three seasons (Bobby Shaw in 1996 and '97 and Dameane Douglas in '98) and now will have a chance to emerge into the spotlight ... is an intelligent player who plays with confidence ... originally came to Cal as a walk-on, but was awarded a scholarship by Tom Holmoe during fall camp last year.

1998: finished his junior season with 28 catches for 281 yards while playing in 10-of-11 games to rank as Cal's second-leading receiver ... moved into the starting lineup in the fourth game of the season vs. Washington State and stayed there the rest of the way ... had a pair of catches for 18 yards at Oklahoma, including a 9-yarder in Cal's game-winning fourth quarter drive ... had five catches for 41 yards vs. Washington State and eight catches for 69 yards at Washington ... first career TD was a 2-yard reception vs. UCLA.

1997: saw action in several games and gained one start -- at Louisiana Tech -- but did not catch a pass.

1995-96: came to Cal as a walk-on in 1995 and redshirted...was a squad member in '96.

High School/Personal: Prepped at St. Mary's HS where he lettered three seasons...earned first team all-league twice as a defensive back and earned similar accolades as a wide receiver his senior season...had nine touchdown receptions during his prep career...caught two TD passes and grabbed three interceptions vs. DeAnza HS...a fine track athlete who ranked 15th nationally with a 1:52.8 time in the 800 meters as a senior...also earned all-league honors in soccer as a prep...older brother, Nathon, played football four years at a strong student who earned first team Pac-10 All-Academic honors last season ... majoring in sociology at Cal...parents are Walter Young and Carol Draizer...born Aug. 27, 1977 in San Francisco, CA.

Young's Career Statistics

Year   Rec  Yds   Avg   TD   LG
1998    28  281  10.0    1   43