Hudson Valley Graduate to Appear on ESPN

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, December 4, 2002

Spencer Young, a former defensive end on the Hudson Valley Community College football team, will be on national television when his Louisiana Tech Bulldogs host Fresno State University on Thursday, December 5. The game will be broadcast on ESPN and is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.

Young has recorded 20 tackles for Louisiana Tech this season and is tied for the team lead with four sacks. The four sacks also rank eighth in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).

Last year, Young was instrumental in helping Louisiana Tech win the WAC. He finished the year with 24 tackles. Young had a career-high six tackles against Kansas State on November 17, 2001.

A native of Pennsauken, NJ, Young graduated from Hudson Valley in 2001 with a degree in Individual Studies. He recorded a team-high six sacks in 1999 and was a team captain in 2000. He finished his Hudson Valley career with 9.5 sacks.

Hudson Valley's football program was established in 1969. At the time, Hudson Valley was one of only two junior colleges in New York to field a varsity football team. Since then, nearly 300 Hudson Valley football players have earned scholarships to four-year schools and 15 have gone on to play professionally. The Vikings competed in the Coca-Cola Bowl in Iowa in 1980. In 1996, Hudson Valley posted an 8-0 record, part of a dominant stretch that included 15 straight victories.