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GT CB Young suspended for bowl game

12/19/2011

Georgia Tech sophomore cornerback Louis Young will not play in the Hyundai Sun Bowl for disciplinary reasons, according to a school spokesman.

It's a significant loss, as Young started all 12 games this year for the Jackets and is tied for fourth on the team in tackles with 52. He also has three tackles for loss, five pass breakups, one interception and a forced fumble. Young seemed to be playing his best at the end of the season. He had his first career interception last month against rival Georgia, and he had a career-high seven tackles and a quarterback hurry the previous week at Duke.

Jemea Thomas could get the starting nod in place of Young. Despite not being a starter, Thomas is a talented defensive back and one Clemson fans might remember. In what was his first career start, Thomas had two interceptions — both in the fourth quarter — one tackle for loss, a forced fumble, two pass breakups and his first career punt return. He was named the ACC's Defensive Back of the Week. Michael Peterson and Jamal Golden will likely be Thomas' backups.