This will be the fourth and final year that Young finds himself as a key cog in Notre Dame's offensive line. He was supposed to be the biggest impact recruit that Weis brought in after his first season in South Bend, but in his time Young is yet to live up to the expectations he came in with.
Last year Notre Dame lost at least three games due to an ineffective running game. Much of that was because of the line, which lacked a dominant lineman who the running backs could consistently pick up yards when running behind. Young is a solid pass blocker, but if he can figure out run blocking a bit better, this offense could be downright scary to face.
There is added pressure on Young since he is the four-year starter known by all in Irish Country, but the whole offensive line will be what makes or breaks the Irish's BCS chances in 2009.