Redskins fullback Darrel Young scored the first rushing touchdown of his career in Sunday’s 23-10 victory over the New York Giants, a six-yard run that gave Washington a 17-0 lead in the second quarter.
“It was an honor,” Young said. “I know my family’s watching and stuff like that. I wish they were on the sideline with me.”
Young, a second-year player from Villanova, entered the game with one carry on the year, but Sunday he had four carries for 14 yards. He also picked up a pair of first downs rushing, and caught a pass – though that went for no gain.
Young, a converted linebacker, supplanted veteran Mike Sellers as the starting fullback this season. Coach Mike Shanahan said the Amityville, N.Y. native – who grew up a Giants fan – had more opportunities against New York because the Redskins have established their running game, and they had a lead.
“He’s very accountable,” Shanahan said. “That’s what you love about the guy. He’s very smart. He’s very prepared. How many guys can move from the linebacker position to the fullback position and never really miss a beat? And he’s been that way since he’s come here. He’s got an opportunity to show us what he can do.”