Young Enjoys Trip to Little Rock

Dec. 5, 2007


<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas defensive coordinator Bill Young was one of five finalists on hand for the Broyles Award Luncheon Tuesday evening in Little Rock, Ark.Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Heacock was named the recipient of the 12th annual Broyles Award, which is given out each year to the top assistant coach in college football.

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Young, who has been at KU since the 2002 season, quietly helped turn the Jayhawks’ defense into one of the best in the country.

The Jayhawks rank fourth in the NCAA in scoring defense (16.00), tied for seventh in rushing defense (91.42) and 14th in total defense (318.25). KU leads the Big 12 in each of those three categories, while also ranking second in pass defense at 226.83. That figure ranks 59th in the nation.

Other finalists for the award included Missouri offensive coordinator Dave Christensen, Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and West Virginia offensive coordinator Calvin Magee.

Young and the eighth-ranked Jayhawks (11-1) will play Virginia Tech (11-2) in the FedEx Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 in Miami, Fla.