Over the weekend, the Chicago Tribune reported that “Illinois junior tailback Donovonn Young intends to transfer from the Illini” per source. The source told the Tribune that Young is considering five schools (did not give names).
After Young started the season as the Illini’s main rushing option, new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit made the switch to sophomore Josh Ferguson against Michigan State, and Ferguson took the lion share of the carries from there.
Young carried the ball 93 times for 376 yards and three touchdowns this season.
Illini fans would love to see Donovonn Young stay to finish out his career in Champaign, but Young’s desire to transfer is perfectly reasonable.
In my opinion, Young wants to be the main rushing option before he finishes his college career. Before Bill Cubit arrived in Champaign, Young was the #1 option, and he might not believe that he can regain that role at Illinois after Ferguson’s performance this season.
Because of that, Young wants to leave Illinois. He wants to be the starting running back even if it isn’t with the Fighting Illini.
The way I see it Josh Ferguson proved that he can be the main running back at Illinois, and there’s a really good chance Young will transfer from Illinois this offseason.
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