Young providing energy, excitement for Hornets

Shenandoah University senior cornerback Bayvon Young thrives as one of the Hornets' most vocal and energetic leaders. Photo courtesy of Shenandoah University

WINCHESTER – Bayvon Young had a sophomore football season worthy of All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference recognition with Shenandoah University in 2013. The next year, he was no longer on the roster.

Young, who had recently founded the Premature Millionaire Company with a group of friends after arriving at SU for the 2012-13 academic year, opted to sit out the 2014 football season to “get my mind right” and secure his future by shifting all of his focus to his business venture.

What began with Young, a Fort Washington, Maryland, native and a graduate of Friendly High School, and his friends hosting parties at SU morphed into what he called a “clothing, entertainment and lifestyle-based” company. Premature Millionaire now operates out of a building in Winchester, Young said, and the company CEO, Omar Teagle (another Friendly High alum), earned an Entrepreneur of the Year award from SU’s Harry F. Byrd Jr., School of Business a few years back.

“It was just like in our area there’s nobody really doing stuff like that, you know, basically taking what we learned in college and striving for it now instead of waiting til we graduate,” Young, a criminal justice major pursuing a minor in entrepreneurship, said last week. “It’s just very inspirational to people. People back home just see kids playing football (and) they have a legit business. And it’s just fun. It’s a fun experience.”

While Young’s future may lie in business, the 2013 football season wouldn’t be his last with the Hornets. He returned to the field in 2015 and is wrapping up a truly unique football career in what will be his final season at Shenandoah this fall.

Young, who said he also works as a DJ, has become an emcee and hype man of sorts for SU’s football team since his return. He proclaimed himself to be the loudest Hornet on the sideline, whether that’s on the field during practice or in games or in the locker room, and prides himself on bringing that electricity to every aspect of the sport.

“He’s pouring gasoline on a fire,” Hornets head coach Scott Yoder said. “He is energy and he’s excitement and when he’s playing well usually we’re playing well.

“And I love Bayvon,” the head coach continued. “I’ve loved Bayvon since I got here (in 2013). We had some run-ins with he didn’t wanna play football, he wanted to focus on X, Y and Z, and OK. It is what it is. But I’m glad he’s on the team and I love the kid. He’s an interesting cat.”

Young, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound defensive back, said he actually began his football career as a lineman when he was 5 years old. In 2007, Young said he was the starting center and nose guard for the Lake Arbor (Maryland) Seahawks team that won the Pop Warner Junior Midget Division national championship.

Young moved to safety when he graduated to the varsity football team at Friendly High (also the alma mater of Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden) and switched to corner in his junior season. But even after spending most of the last decade playing in the defensive secondary, Young said the physicality gleaned from his time spent as a lineman remains “my spirit.”

“I love the fight,” Young said. “O-line and D-line, it’s nothing but a fight. From the time the ball’s snapped you’re hands-on from the beginning. That’s how I play. … I ain’t scared of nobody.”

There’s also an unselfish nature to Young’s game, one he illustrated by stating he’s willing to “break a bone just so my teammate can catch an interception.” If Young’s physicality is a product of his past experience, so too is his selflessness.

“Coming from PG (Prince George’s) County, just the lifestyle there, what we go through just as far as little struggles we had. I had a couple friends – like I wear a bracelet, a wristband, one of my closest friends passed away, got killed. That’s just my mentality. I play for people,” Young said. “It ain’t just for me. It’s for my parents back home, my brothers, my close friends that can’t play football anymore. That’s just my mentality since birth.”

In 28 career college games over three-plus seasons at Shenandoah, Young has recorded 58 tackles to go along with two interceptions. As a sophomore in 2013, when he was named second team all-ODAC, Young had 29 tackles, an interception, eight pass break-ups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and two blocked kicks.

Yoder, who noted that Young had some rust to knock off after returning to the football field last season, said the coaching staff worked Young out at safety, cornerback and outside linebacker this past spring, although the senior has stuck at corner this season in addition to his special teams role. Young has 10 tackles, including a sack and two tackles for loss, and a forced fumble for the Hornets (2-1), who host Randolph-Macon on Thursday night to kick off ODAC play.

“The best spot for him is probably corner but really what Bayvon does best is he just plays with a high motor,” Yoder said, “and that’s why on special teams he makes a lot of plays because he’s the type of kid where he might not be the best at getting the technique down but when you blow the whistle and you’ve gotta play and the bullets start flying, Bayvon’s pretty good.”

When asked what his goals are in his final college season, Young began by saying he wanted to leave his own mark on the SU program.

“Number 19, he came, he was an animal, put the team on his back,” he said before continuing on about wanting the Hornets to make a statement in 2016 by performing well for Yoder and the rest of Shenandoah’s coaching staff.

Young then paused for a few moments.

“Oh, my fault. All-ODAC too,” he added with a grin.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com.