April 24, 2010
NEW YORK - Former University of Notre Dame offensive tackle Sam Young became the third Fighting Irish football member to be drafted in the 2010 NFL Draft and the first Notre Dame player to hear his name announced Saturday. Young was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the 179th overall pick and the 10th selection of the sixth round.
Young started more games at Notre Dame than any other player in the program's history. He became the first player to ever start 50 games in his career and also set the school record with 50 consecutive starts. He is the only Notre Dame offensive lineman to start every game since his freshman season. Young started 40 games in his Notre Dame career at right tackle and opened 10 contests at left tackle. He is the only Notre Dame offensive lineman in school history to ever start on the offensive line for two different 3,000-yard passers (Brady Quinn in 2006 and Jimmy Clausen in 2008 and 2009).
As a senior, Young started all 12 games at right tackle and allowed only two sacks in over 450 pass attempts. He blocked for Clausen has he passed for 3,722 yards with 28 touchdowns and Young was named to the Outland Trophy watch list and Lombardi Award watch list prior to the start of the season.
The Coral Springs, Fla., native is set to graduate from Notre Dame this May with a degree in management-entrepreneurship from the Mendoza College of Business.