Quarterback Antwon Young signs with the team for 2013
The Richmond Raiders are excited to announce the return of their quarterback and the
2012 Professional Indoor Football League MVP, Antwon Young, for the 2013 season.
“Thanks to the Richmond Raiders for having me back for another year,” Young said. “I
am very grateful and happy to be a part of this organization.” The quarterback minced
no words when stating his goals for the 2013 season. “My number one goal is getting
back to the championship game and changing the results this year. Anything less than
a championship this upcoming season would be a big disappointment, especially with
the group of players we have coming back.”
Raiders head coach James Fuller expressed his pleasure on Young’s return. “Having
Young back is a huge boost for our organization, as he was such a big part of our
offensive productivity in 2012. It’s always good to have a starter at QB return to your
team let alone the league’s MVP,” he said.
Young started every game for the Raiders in 2012, completing 53% of his passes for
2866 yards and 60 touchdowns. He also ran 103 times for 452 yards and 19 TDs. The
dual threat QB was named PIFL Most Valuable Player, selected to the All-PIFL 1st
Team, and named PIFL Offensive Player of the Week twice. Perhaps most importantly,
Young took care of the football. He led all of professional indoor and arena football with
a 60-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Despite his success in 2012, Young expects to be even better in 2013. “Last season’s
achievements are in the past for me because at the end of the day I still feel like I can
get better. This upcoming season I expect myself to play a lot better than I did last year
because of the playing experience I have gained. One thing I am really looking to
improve this upcoming season is my completion percentage and the amount of
touchdowns thrown. I know that I have a lot of things to work on but those two really
stood out to me.” In a sport that is often dominated by prototypical drop-back passers, Young’s versatility
made defending the Raiders’ offense a “pick your poison” proposition for opponents, as
he threw and ran for at least one touchdown in 11 of the team’s 14 games in 2012. “He
does things that you cannot teach, he makes it hard for defenses to prepare because he
can do both, run and pass, so well,” Fuller said. “He can beat you with his feet as well
as in the air, and we plan on expanding on that in 2013.”
After starting the last three games of 2011, having joined the team at midseason, Young
emerged as a team leader on and off the field. He led the Raiders to a 10-2 regular
season record and the team’s first ever playoff win. That put the Raiders in the league
championship game, where Young threw for three touchdowns but was harassed and
frustrated by Albany’s defense. “Just the way that things went down last year left a bad
taste in my mouth all off season. I really felt that after all the things me and my
teammates went through all season I let everyone down in the championship game and
as a captain of the team I didn’t lead by example, no matter what the situation was,” he
Young engineered game-winning drives within the last minute twice. He had career
highs in completions (24), yards (291), and touchdowns (7) May 11 at Alabama, with the
seven touchdowns tying the franchise single game record. He also tied the team record
with three rushing TDs in a game twice. He led the league in yards per rush and
finished second in passing yards per game, passing TDs, passing yards, and total
While gaudy stats are impressive, Young understands that his role on the team is about
more than mere numbers. “The more you play the better you should get and I know
that next season everyone is expecting me to come out and be the leader on this team
again, but with better results. So I feel that anything less than winning this award again
would be letting myself, the organization, and the fans down because that would mean I
didn’t get better,” he stated.
The Raiders’ 2013 season will start March 16 when the Raiders take on the Charlotte
Speed at the Richmond Coliseum, and Antwon Young can’t wait to get back on the field.
“This upcoming season I am most looking forward to the home games at the coliseum.
The fan base in Richmond is constantly growing and the passion that the Richmond
fans bring make that place a wonderful place to play. I only hope we can continue to
build our brand of football here in Richmond and continue to improve the attendance at
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