• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Saige Young’s stock on the rise

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY LINEMAN SAIGE YOUNG (56) blocks a Notre Dame defender Saturday, Sept. 15 at Notre Dame Stadium. (Photo by Bill Caine)

Woodford County High School graduate Saige Young is making a name for himself on the football field in the Southeastern Conference. The six-foot, 315-pound offensive lineman, is currently starting at left guard for the Vanderbilt Commodores. “My long-term goal for football is to be drafted in the 2020 NFL draft and have the opportunity to play at the next level,” said Young. Young moved to Versailles the winter of his seventh-grade year and began attending school at Woodford County at the start of his eighth-grade year. At WCHS, Young was a two-year captain and three-year starter on offensive line for the Jackets. He earned honorable mention All-State as a senior. After graduating from WCHS, Young attended and played football for Dodge City Community College where he started on the offensive line in 2016, his only season there. Young earned honorable mention All-Conference at guard for a Conquistadors' squad that finished 7-4. After transferring to Vanderbilt, Young became a starter on the Commodore offensive front in his first year with the team. He played in nine games, earning starts at left guard for the final eight games last season. Young also contributed on special team coverage units. His first career start came against nationally ranked Georgia and he later played every offensive snap against Georgia, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Western Kentucky and Kentucky. Young was a large part of an offensive line that allowed just 19 sacks during last season, 13 fewer than the previous year. On Sept. 15, Vandy traveled to the University of Notre Dame, and Young was terrific on the offensive line for the Commodores. “It was a nice stadium to play in,” said Young. “We are the SEC, so we have a lot of history as well and its a dream come true having the opportunity to play college football on any field at this level.” “I’ve been playing football since I was five years old and I don’t just have one favorite memory on the field from playing football. I have too many good memories from all the years I’ve been playing to say which one is my favorite." While Young has his sights set on a career in the National Football League, he also takes his school work seriously and is preparing for life after football, he said. “I am Studying MHS (medicine, health and society),” said Young. “As for my plan B after my football career is over, I would like to go to nursing school or become an anesthesiologist.”

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