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Bryant Young

Bryant Young

  • Defensive Line – 2nd Season


Coaching Experience


Florida (Defensive Line)


San Jose State (Defensive Line)


Notre Dame (Defensive Graduate Assistant)

Coaching Accomplishments

  • In his first season as the defensive line coach at Florida, Young helped guide a Gator defense which ranked ninth in the nation in total defense (299.58 yards allowed per game). Additionally, Florida’s defense held its opponents to a 27.71% third-down conversion rate, ranking second in the nation, the highest national ranking ever for the Gators and the team’s best conversion rate since the 2001 season.
  • The UF defense totaled 94 tackles-for-loss, tied for 19th-most in the nation in 2011.
  • In his one season as the defensive line coach at San Jose State University, Young helped sophomore defensive end Travis Johnson increase both his total sacks and tackles-for-loss, with an increase from two sacks and two and a half tackles-for-loss in 2009, to seven and a half sacks and nine and a half tackles-for-loss in 2010.
  • The Spartans posted the third-best red zone defense in the WAC, allowing scores on 49-of-63 trips (77.8 percent), with only 34 touchdowns surrendered (54.0 percent).
  • Notre Dame was tied for the 15th-strongest red zone defense in the nation in 2009, conceding scores on 33 of 44 (75.0 percent) trips (25 TD, 8 FG).

Prominent Players Coached


  • DE TRAVIS JOHNSON – Finished his sophomore season with 7.5 sacks, good for 7th overall in the WAC, and 9.5 TFL. Those numbers were an increase from 2 sacks and 2.5 TFL during his freshman season. 


  • LB MANTI TE’O – Started 10 games as a freshman and finished with 63 tackles, third-most ever by a Notre Dame freshman, earning Freshman All-American honors from College Football News.

Playing Career

While at Notre Dame, Young was an All-American defensive tackle who started 30 of the 41 games that he played in. He was a four-year letterman at Notre Dame (1990-93), earning a first-team All-American selection as a senior captain in 1993. During his collegiate career Young totaled 176 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, and 18 sacks. He played in four bowl games (1991 Orange Bowl; 1992 Sugar Bowl; 1993 Cotton Bowl; 1994 Cotton Bowl) and was a starter in three of those games.

Young was selected seventh overall by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1994 NFL Draft and earned NFL Rookie of the Year honors after leading the team’s defensive line with 49 tackles and also tallying six sacks. In the NFL, Young spent his entire 14-year career as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. He played in and started 208 games in his 49ers career, second in team history only to Jerry Rice (224). The 49ers reached the playoffs in each of his first five seasons, including a victory in Super Bowl XXIX as a rookie.

A four-time Pro Bowl selection (1996, 1999, 2001, 2002), tallied 89.5 sacks throughout his career, and was one of four defensive tackles named to the NFL’s 1990’s All-Decade Team. He earned the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award in 1999, recording 11 sacks and earning his second trip to the Pro Bowl following a season-ending leg injury in 1998. Young also was an eight-time recipient of the team’s Len Eshmont award, which is given to the player that best exemplifies courage and leadership, no other player in team history has won it more than twice. Young was named a first-team All-Pro in 1996 by the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers of America and Sporting News and was also recognized as a first-team All-Pro by Sporting News in 1998 and second-team All-Pro by the AP in 1999.

Personal Information

  • Birth date: Jan. 27, 1972
  • Hometown: Chicago Heights, Ill. (Bloom Township High School)
  • Education: 1994- Bachelor’s Degree from Notre Dame
  • Family: Young and his wife, Kristen, have five children: Kai, Colby, Kennedy, Bryce and Kamille. 

Bowl Games as a Player

  • 1991: Orange
  • 1992: Sugar
  • 1993: Cotton
  • 1994: Cotton

Bowl Games as a Coach

  • 2012: Gator
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