Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Avery Young could receive an extra year
By Brent Sobleski
Avery Young was rated as the nation's No. 8 offensive tackle prospect in the 2012 recruiting class. Young immediately lived up to expectations at Auburn by earning a starting spot at right tackle. Young was injured during those initial games last season and eventually required surgery. He lost his starting sport. But he may not have lost a year of eligibility.
"Young will likely get a medical redshirt after playing in only three games for the Tigers last season," Joel A. Erickson of Al.com wrote. "Auburn has submitted the paperwork to the NCAA, and although the NCAA hasn't ruled on Young's case officially yet, he meets the requirement of playing less than 30 percent of his team's games.
"If the NCAA grants Young the medical redshirt, he'll essentially get back a freshman season that ended when he had surgery."
The extra year is important so he is separated a year from sophomores-to-be Greg Robinson and Patrick Miller. Robinson and Miller are currently projected to start at offensive tackle for the Tigers this season. Young is still expected to compete -- and potentially start -- but a year difference allows Young to have an extra season to potentially start if he can't outright win a position.