Brock coach Chad Worrell is typically worried about linebacker Zane Young every day.
“He’s got one speed, high,” Worrell said. “He’s one of the only players I’ve ever had that I have to ask him to take the edge off or slow down because he’s hungry for the action every play, every day.”
Sporting 200 tackles on the season through last week’s win over Mineola and recording a regular-season stat line of 159 tackles (27 for loss), six sacks and four fumble recoveries, Young heads the list of Associated Press Class 3A all-state selections as Defensive Player of the Year.
“It’s an honor and just crazy to think about it because that just sometimes seems like an award that would go to someone else,” Young said. “It’s really beyond words, but when you think about how our defense is set up, this is really an award I share with our defensive line.”
Just a junior, it’s Young’s third year on varsity and the second straight season he’s led the team in tackles.
As a freshman, Worrell said Young (6-1, 230) started at nose guard and got a taste of how the game progresses at the line of scrimmage.
“Our coaches have really preached a philosophy to us that when our D-line gets the push like they can, offenses just kind of forget about the linebackers,” Young said. “Our guys play hard and they know how to slant the rush and put pressure on back there. That keeps our linebacking group from being double-teamed a lot.”
Young will lead the defense one more time this season when the Eagles (15-0) meet Cameron Yoe (14-1) for the 3A Division I championship at 5 p.m. Thursday at NRG Stadium in Houston.
“He’s as old school at that position as you could have anywhere,” Worrell said. “His instinct for the game is something you can’t teach and then how he’s grown and matured over the last three years is more than we could have imagined.”
Joining Young on the first team was linebacker Leddy French along with offensive lineman Titus Gossett.
French was a second-team offensive selection at running back and was joined on that team by teammates Mac Harrah and Tyler Gray.
Cameron Yoe running back Traion Smith was the offensive player of the year.