IOWA CITY, Iowa — Devonte Young isn’t seeing the field much at wide receiver, but that isn’t keeping him from making a strong impression.
Iowa wide receiver Riley McCarron, for one, likes what he’s seeing from Young in practice.
“He is as far along as I’ve seen any freshman receiver since I’ve been here,” said McCarron, a senior.
That’s high praise — and a good sign. Iowa needs help in the passing game, which has been inconsistent since wide receiver Matt VandeBerg went down with a broken foot in late September. Any additional playmaker would be welcome, and if he could stretch the field, even better.
Could Young be just what the offense needs? He hasn’t had the chance to show what he can do so far this season, but he caught 45 passes for 802 yards and six touchdowns at North Point High School in Maryland last season.
“He’s going to keep pushing it, and he is doing some good things,” McCarron said.
Six games remain in the season. If McCarron’s scouting report proves accurate, Young may very well get some reps at wide receiver and a shot to see what he can do against Big Ten competition.