By Joe Davidson
Austin Young's first varsity position at Colfax High School was tight end. Falcons coach Tony Martello wanted his promising young talent to learn the game inside out - the blocking, pass catching, physicality of the trenches.
Then Young emerged as a quarterback the last two seasons for the small-school power, passing for more than 5,000 yards and 58 touchdowns in two playoff seasons, including 2,752 and 33 touchdowns for an 11-1 team in 2011.
Now he's moving on. Young, 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, has given a verbal commitment to play for Southern Utah of Cedar City. The Thunderbirds went 6-5 last fall, including wins over Sacramento State and UC Davis. Southern Utah will join those teams in the Big Sky Conference this fall.
Young joins an impressive list of Colfax quarterbacks who has played on scholarship over the years, including Nate Ray to Fresno State (as a defensive back) and Marcus Arroyo to San Jose State (and now the quarterbacks coach at Cal).
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