Joshua Youngblood

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Joshua Youngblood
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
PositionWide receiver/Return specialist
ClassSophomore
Career history
College
High schoolBerkeley Preparatory
(Tampa, Florida)
Personal information
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight181 lb (82 kg)
Career highlights and awards
  • First team All-Big 12 (2019)
  • Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year (2019)

Joshua Leo Youngblood (born 2001) is an American football wide receiver and kick returner for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. He previously played at Kansas State.

Early life and high school[edit]

Youngblood grew up in Tampa, Florida and attended Berkeley Preparatory School, where he played wide receiver until moving to quarterback before his junior year. He passed for 672 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing for 855 yards and 11 touchdowns.[1] As a senior, Youngblood rushed 1,326 yards and 15 touchdowns on 206 carries while throwing for 384 yards and five touchdowns and catching one pass for a 73-yard touchdown.[2] Youngblood initially committed to play college football at Temple, but later changed his commitment to Kansas State over offers from Boston College, Air Force and Navy, who recruited him to play quarterback.[3][4]

College career[edit]

As a true freshman, Youngblood served as the Wildcats' primary kick returner and returned 13 kickoffs for 495 yards and three touchdowns and was named first team All-Big 12 Conference and the conference Special Teams Player of the Year.[5][6] He also caught nine passes for 73 yards and rushed 11 times for 55 yards and a touchdown on offense.[7] Youngblood was named a preseason All-American by Phil Steele, ESPN and CBS Sports entering his sophomore season.[8][9] After appearing in only two of Kansas State's first four games and recording no receptions, Youngblood entered the transfer portal.[10]

Youngblood announced that he would be transferring to Rutgers in November, 2020.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LB Jaylen Harrell's stock is rising and three other things to know about Berkeley Prep". Tampa Bay Times. May 14, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  2. ^ Linton, Chance (February 1, 2019). "Power Five commitment recap: Jan. 26-Feb. 1". 247Sports.com. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  3. ^ Narducci, Marc (July 4, 2018). "Temple football celebrates Fourth of July with six commitments". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  4. ^ "Before Joshua Youngblood was a star returner at K-State, Navy wanted him to play QB". Wichita Eagle. December 29, 2019. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  5. ^ "Expectations remain high for Kansas State's kickoff return unit". The Manhattan Mercury. September 9, 2020. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  6. ^ Scarborough, Alex (August 31, 2020). "Without further ado, this fall's top 15 most exciting college football players". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  7. ^ "How Joshua Youngblood ended up living with K-State coach Chris Klieman this spring". Wichita Eagle. July 30, 2020. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  8. ^ Fritchen, D. Scott (August 21, 2020). "Josh Youngblood named All-American, carries big goals for 2020". 247Sports.com. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  9. ^ Larnerd, Greg (September 8, 2020). "ESPN Names Preseason CFB All-Americans, LSU With Two". ESPN1420.com. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  10. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (October 13, 2020). "Kansas State WR Joshua Youngblood to transfer portal". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  11. ^ "Rutgers football lands Joshua Youngblood, Kansas State transfer and All-American". Asbury Park Press. November 29, 2020. Retrieved December 8, 2020.

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