December 3, 2013

The Right Stuff


AUBURN | Avery Young had the look of a phenom last fall after starting the first game of his college career and holding his own against Clemson.

Yet one game can change everything.

The native of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., injured his left shoulder. After attempting to play though the pain and finding that each practice created more anguish than the one before, Young elected to undergo surgery. The problem: A torn labrum. He season was over.

He entered the 2013 season as a backup to his successor, Patrick Miller, but moved ahead of his prior to the Western Carolina game. Young has started the team's final six games of the regular season, but believes time on the bench in September helped him grow.

"It wasn't like I was trying to rush back out there because that wasn't the point," Young said. "I was a little rusty. I was out for a whole year. So really I was just taking my time day by day to get healthy again so when my number was called I would be able to step up and help my team."

He's accomplished that goal.

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