Burke alum Oliver "Tre" Young was assigned to the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League on Wednesday afternoon as he heads into his 3rd season of pro football.
Young, a wide receiver out of South Carolina State, joins the Shock for his rookie season in the Arena Football League after spending the past two seasons (2011,2012) with the IFL's Tri-City Fever. For the Fever, Young recorded 118 receptions for 1,463 yards and 34 touchdowns in two seasons (regular season). Prior to joining the Fever, Young spent time with the NFL's Carolina Panthers. As a Bulldog at South Carolina State, Young played in a total of 45 games and is the all-time leader in receptions (134) and receiving yards (2,149).
"Young is a guy with great hands and someone you can always count on to go up and catch the ball at its highest point. We're excited to see what he can bring to the table during camp with his experience, having played two seasons in the IFL," said Shock Head Coach Andy Olson.
Young played in a total of 45 games and started at wide receiver his final two seasons for the Bulldogs. Young is the all-time leader in receptions (134) and receiving yards (2,149) at SCSU; he also served as a kick and punt returner for the Bulldogs as he averaged 24.9 yards per kick return on 26 attempts. As a senior in 2009, Young received first-team All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference honors as he started 12 games and set a school sing-season record with 995 yards on 65 receptions and nine touchdowns. During his junior season in 2008, Young received second-team All-MEAC honors, playing in 11 games and leading the team with 48 receptions for 605 yards and four TDs. In 2007 as a sophomore for the Bulldogs, Young played in 11 games and recorded 16 catches for 370 yards and two touchdowns. During his first collegiate season in 2006 as a redshirt freshman, Young played in nine games and started in one game on his way to registering five receptions for 179 yards and two touchdowns on the season.