Ticats' Young turns in mature debut
By FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency
|Marcell Young of the Hamilton Tigercats takes down Alex Suber of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the first half of action at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton July 1st, 2011. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)
HAMILTON - As encores go, Marcell Young may have a difficult time trying to match his opening-night performance.
Take away one play that led to Winnipeg’s lone offensive touchdown and the Ticats defence played as well as possible, Young’s play in the secondary emerging as one of the highlights.
Young plays on football’s island, lining up at corner back, where a blown coverage often leads to a touchdown.
It’s too early to call Young a shut-down corner, but he earned top grades following his regular-season debut in which he intercepted one Buck Pierce attempt and rarely yielded any reception of consequence.
“I just feel I was prepared real well,’’ Young said. “The coaching staff did a great job and I just went out and used my techniques and played with confidence.
“I’ve always felt I’ve had the ability, but without the techniques it means nothing. From the looks of it, everything went well.”
Corners get caught when they take a peek into the offensive backfield.
They become vulnerable when separation is allowed with their assigned man.
There are subtleties that come with the position such as turning ones hip while in stride and keeping sight of the football.
Young credits a lot of his success in adapting to a regular-season game to the tempo at practice where he goes up against some pretty athletic and speedy receivers in team drills.
This week’s challenge is Edmonton, a new-look team that surprised many with its road win in Regina.
“On film, I just see a lot of guys who are hungry,’’ Young said of the Eskimos. “They play hard and they want to play fast. They were desperate and we have to match their intensity and play with the same level of desperation.”