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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Cory Young, RB, Northern Arizona University

2017 Statistics:

  • 2017 Big Sky All-Conference Football Third Team.
  • 141 carries – 784 yards – 5.56 YPC – 8 TDs
  • 22 rec – 177 yards – 8.05 YPC – 1 TD

Cory “Speedy” Young NAU Junior Season Highlight Tape

What is your name?

  • My name is Cory Young, a nickname I go by is Speedycory.

Where do you play College Football?

  • Currently I play football at Northern Arizona University and previously I played football at Boise State University.

What position do you play?

  • I play running back.

What is your height/weight?

  • During NFL junior day at NAU I was weighed at 216.8 pounds and was measured at 5’10”.

Did you play any other sports growing up? If so, what were they?

  • I only ran track, I ran the 200 and 100 meter dashes.

Who is the toughest player you have competed against in College?

  • The toughest player I competed against in college would be Leighton Vander Esch while being at Boise State.

Are you listening to music before a game? If so, what?

  • Yes! I have a GAMEDAY playlist with all my favorite artist like Lil Uzi, Migos, Drake, and Travis Scott.

Do you have any superstitions before a game? If so, what are they?

  • Yes, I always must drink a full Pedialyte the day before the game, pray over the next day, and stretch right before I go to sleep.

Who is your role model & why?

  • My Father is my role model, because he is the reason I am here today by providing for my family and making sure all my siblings and family needs are met. He doesn’t complain and would come home at night with Migraines but still wake up the next morning at 3 in the morning.

While in College, what has been your favorite & least favorite class?

  • Finance 340, has been both my favorite and least favorite class in college because it was extremely challenging but I loved the concepts we learned about.

Outside of Football, what has been your favorite experience while in College?

  • My favorite experience while being in college would be meeting new people and building my network with individuals that will help my business career in the future.

Growing up, who was your favorite NFL Team & NFL player, & why?

  • Growing up my favorite NFL team has always been the Seahawks, because in 2007 I would always play with Shaun Alexander and the Seahawks in Madden on my PSP and when Coach Carroll became the head coach it was perfect because growing up in Southern California, my family has always been USC fans. So, when Pete Carroll got the job it was the perfect team for me.

If you could be in any movie of your choice, what would it be & what character would you play? 

  • I would have to pick any of the Fast and the Furious movies from the series. I would be Brian O’Connor because of the cars he drives, like his skyline GTR.

If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who are they? 

  • Alvin Kamara, Mark Cuban, Paul Walker.

If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose & why?

  • Martin Luther King.

Who is your favorite superhero & why?

  • The Flash, because me and him would be the same speed.

What is your definition of hard work?

  • Always doing the right thing when no one is looking, discipline. Being blue collar, putting your head down and working no matter what the circumstances are. Always trying to be the best you in everything you do and competing in all aspect of your life to be the best.

What is the most unexpected lesson you learned while in College?

  • Redshirting my freshman year, it taught to keep my head down and work and not to complain.

What is something you wish you could go back & tell yourself as a High School Freshman?

  • Gain weight early on so you don’t have to gain 40 pounds while being in college.

Why do you wear #6?

  • My favorite college player of all time wore 6, De’Anthony Thomas (University of Oregon 2011-2013; 2014 4th round pick 124th overall Kansas City Chiefs-present), I try to duplicate blend what he does on the field into my game of Power and Speed.

What is the best part of your hometown, Corona, CA?

  • The car scene, and the community of food places to eat at!

You transferred to NAU after being at Boise State. What made Northern Arizona the best destination for you?

  • I had a great relationship with Coach Beal coming out of high school but decided to go to Boise State. But when I got my release from Boise, coach Beal was the first person to call me and it was perfect timing. He discuss his goals for me and I discuss my goals with him and it was just perfect timing.

Who do you choose, Jordan or LeBron?

  • Jordan all day! He is the greatest of all time but I respect LeBron James because he is the real deal.

Are you a PS4 or Xbox One guy? What games are you playing right now?

  • PS4 all day! I love playing Fortnite at the moment but I am a diehard Call of Duty player

What has been your most memorable moment as a student-athlete?

  • Scoring my 55 yard touchdown at the University of Arizona.

If you could have three wishes granted, what would they be?

  1. To own 4 different Discount Tire locations.
  2. Have 2 million dollars.
  3. Own a Nissan GTR.

What is your hidden talent?

  • I love working and building cars and car engines.

If there is a book written about Cory Young, what is the title?

  • “Catching up with Speedycory.”

What are three things on your “Bucket List?”

  1. Own my own Discount Tires.
  2. Buy a GTR.
  3. Be the best possible football player that I can be.

Are you binge watching anything on Netflix or Hulu right now?

  • No, I like to watch YouTube videos.

If you had one free hour each day, how would you choose to use it?

  • Work on cars and lift weights.

If you could run over one NFL LB, past or present, who would it be & why?

  • Ray Lewis because I want to be the best and I know that he is the best to ever do it, so to compete with him would be something special.

What are the goals for 2018, both individually & for the Northern Arizona University football team?

  • Win the FCS championship and rush for 1200+ yards and 12 TDs this season.

If you could give NFL scouts three words to describe the type of man they are getting in Cory Young, what would they be?

  1. Discipline.
  2. Determination.
  3. Blue-Collar.
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