Byron Young excelling on Tennessee's defense as 23-year-old newcomer

Tennessee Athletics photo by Kate Luffman / Tennessee outside linebacker Byron Young goes through a practice drill on Haslam Field.

Perhaps it's understandable why Tennessee outside linebacker Byron Young has earned rave reviews this spring since arriving from Georgia Military College.

He just needed to get his foot in the door.

"I've shown that I can fight through a lot of adversity," Young said Wednesday night. "I'm really driven right now."

Young is 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, and he is also 23 years old, making him the oldest newcomer on Josh Heupel's roster. He played at Carvers Bay High School in Hemingway, South Carolina, but did not have the necessary academics to attain a college scholarship, so he moved to Columbus, Georgia, and began working at a Dollar General Store.

For a year and a half, Young aided customers and stocked shelves and became an assistant manager, but football was his love, and he decided to give it another go at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville.