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-RONNIE LOTT

Kenny Young: A Dedicated Athlete and Scholar

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The no. 42 is a historical jersey number, for not only the UCLA Bruins but in American history as a whole. This senior linebacker understands the significance of wearing Jackie Robinson’s number, his influence on the university and beyond.

“Long live Jackie; It’s an honor,” said Kenny Young. “Jackie put it in a great position on and off the field and … words can’t do justice for what he [has] done to the UCLA program and for me personally. It’s impacted my family, it’s impacted me.”

Young does his best to live up to the number with his defensive resume and his strides as a student. He is a preseason nominee for the Wuerffel Trophy, an honor awarded to an athlete that displayed exemplary community service efforts while showing sound academic and athletic integrity.

The New Orleans native is also on the watch list for the Dick Butkus Award for the top collegiate linebacker, an award won former Bruin Eric Kendricks won in 2014.

“My freshmen year, when I got [to UCLA] when Eric Kendricks was the linebacker and the captain of the defense and Bret Hundley was the quarterback, dealing with the offense,” Young said. “I’ve always used those guys to help me scope that leadership role. I was working on it day in, day out.”

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