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Countdown Schmountdown: #4

The atomic clock actually says that we have just 4 days until the Ducks hit the blue turf (hard).

So, today we'll continue our countdown by briefly highlighting the Bronco player with the jersey number that corresponds with the number of days remaining till the opener. Sorry there isn't a more clear and concise way to explain that.

We're close, Broncos...we're close. Better get that famous 3-alarm chili in the crockpot.

#4 Titus Young, WR

As a true frosh, Titus Young was a truly great. Averaging nearly 15 yards per catch and scoring 5 TDs...the sky looked like the limit. An auspicious start to the 2008 season (142 yards on 7 receptions) had much of Bronco Nation drooling over the possibilities of a more experienced Titus Young getting well acquainted with the new golden boy Kellen Moore. But 2008 was over for Young before we knew it—he missed the second game of the season...played sparingly in the next two and then sat the rest of the year—serving a suspension for breaking unspecified team rules. The Broncos passing game thrived in spite of his absence, largely due to the emergence of Austin Pettis and the dependability of Jeremy Childs and Vinny Perretta. But 2009 is now upon us and the Broncos need Young in a big way. Childs and Perretta are gone—the receiving corps, outside of Pettis, has no real experience. It's time for Titus to determine what his Bronco legacy will be...will he be a true deep threat for Kellen Moore and atone for letting the team and coaches down in 2008 or will he be another statistic...another talented collegiate athlete that couldn't find a balance between on-the-field and off-the-field priorities? In 2009, it's "so far, so good" for Young. He appears to have rededicated himself to the program, and refocused himself on being the best receiver on the team. I think you've made a wise choice, Titus.

Titus already has 807 career yards as a Bronco and that's with missing nearly an entire season. He has 4 career receptions of over 50 yards and will need to show that explosiveness right out of the gate against Oregon. Battling with Kyle Wilson in Fall Camp can only be a good thing for Young...and from the sounds of things, he's got over on Wilson his fair share of times...even better. Young came to the Broncos from Los Angeles, CA—where he played his prep ball at University High School. He lettered in football three times and was named both All-State and All-City in his tenure there. As a senior, Young led the city section with 2,000 all-purpose yards on offense and had 97 tackles and 11 INTs. His high school coach was E.C. Robinson, the father of current Bronco safety Jason Robinson. No one outside of the program really knows what Titus' infraction(s) were that saw him miss nearly an entire year...but it's safe to say that he's made the proper adjustments and jumped through the hoops that were required of him by the coaching staff. I know that the Bronco Nation is quick to forgive one of our own, and we all just hope that this season will be vastly different than the last for Titus. For everyone's sake, it has to be.