Derek Young Jr., Union Academy
Key stats: 68 catches, 897 receiving yards and 12 TDs; 78 tackles and five passes defended on defense
Andrew Stark: You had a huge statistical season. What do you take away from that as far as you’re involved in nearly every positive play for this team and a huge focal point of opponents?
DYJ: I was a part of a good team, and now that all of those seniors left, we need to take over that. Me and Phifer are the leaders on this team, and this year we’re going to help carry this team and make sure we make it back to the playoffs.
AS: You want to run the ball more, so you’ll have to block a lot, too. How much pride do you take in that part of your game?
DYJ: I take a lot of pride in it because I’ll do anything to help my team win. Whether I’m getting the ball or not, I’m doing all I can to help us win.
AS: Defensively, it was kind of a struggle last year. How are you going to be better in 2019?
DYJ: Our linebackers and line are better this year, so we have more pressure.