Report: Young will likely transfer

Report: Young will likely transfer

CHAMPAIGN — Donovonn Young had the least productive season of his Illinois career in 2013.

It doesn't appear the running back will try to erase those memories.

At least not in an Illinois uniform.
The Chicago Tribune reported Saturday evening Young plans to transfer after three seasons at Illinois.

Phone messages left with Young, Young's father, Cartrell, and Illinois coach Tim Beckman seeking confirmation of the transfer were not returned on Saturday night.

A source close to the program could neither confirm nor deny the report.

The Texas native — who rushed for 376 yards on 93 carries and three touchdowns — lost his starting spot midway through the season to Josh Ferguson.

He played sparingly after rushing for 61 yards on 15 carries in the Illini's Big Ten opener at Nebraska on Oct. 5.

Two lost fumbles in the first two Big Ten games did not help Young's cause, and he did not get a carry in Illinois' loss to Michigan State on Oct. 26.

Young, a late addition to the Class of 2011 for Illinois who signed when Ron Zook was the Illinois coach, rushed for 1,398 yards and 12 touchdowns in three seasons with the Illini.