Troy Young was never able to find a clear role with the Arizona Wildcats in three seasons, playing numerous positions along the back half of the defense but none on a consistent basis. That factored into his decision to transfer this offseason, and now he’s found his landing spot very close to where he grew up.
Young, a native of Alabama, announced Saturday he had committed to UAB for his final two years of eligibility.
A 3-star prospect from the 2017 recruiting class, Young appeared in 29 games with Arizona with one start apiece as a freshman and sophomore. Last season he played in the first four games, logging five tackles, but did not appear in the final contests.
Young spent most of his time at safety but also played cornerback and linebacker. He cited the lack of a set position as one of the things that prompted him to leave.
“Arizona had me playing all over the field,” he told Ben Thomas of AL.com. “I just felt like I needed to concentrate on one position and be on the field at all times. I was fine playing wherever because I’m a team guy, but at a certain point I needed to make a change and concentrate on fulfilling my dreams.”
Young is the sixth Arizona player who transferred from the 2019 squad to find a new school, along with tight end Jake Peters (Colorado), wide receiver Thomas Marcus (Montana State), linebacker Dayven Coleman (Stephen F. Austin) and safeties Scottie Young Jr. (West Virginia) and Chacho Ulloa (Montana State). Still looking for a destination are defensive lineman Justin Belknap, cornerback Maurice Gaines and safety Xavier Bell.