Tennessee Edge Rusher Named SEC Defensive Lineman Of Week

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    Tennessee defensive end Byron Young is the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance in the Vols’ overtime win at Pitt.

    Young recorded four tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and a team-high three quarterback hurries in the Vols’ overtime win.

    The preseason First team All SEC selection played up to his potential in Tennessee’s first major test of the season, affecting the Panthers’ rushing and passing attack.

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    Young graded out as Tennessee’s second best defender in the win according to Pro Football Focus, earning a 73.8 grade in the win. Ironically, fellow defensive end Tyler Baron is the lone defender that graded out better than Young after recording four tackles, two tackles for loss and a strip sack.

    The talented upperclassman pass rushers gave the Vols the performance they needed in the top 25 road win.

    The former junior college transfer missed the Pitt game a season ago and reveled in the opportunity to help his teammates earn a critical early season win.

    “It was so heartbreaking watching my team go out there and fight— I was supporting them but being on the sideline and not being in the fight, I told them I had to return the favor and play my game this week,” Young said following the win.

    Young wasn’t the only Vol to earn SEC weekly honors as Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker was the SEC Offensive Player of the Week.

    See the full SEC weekly awards here.

    Ryan Schumpert is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. Ryan spent three years with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program before joining RTI. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.