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Young makes big splash in Fever's latest win

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By Curt Cartier, Tri-Cities Fever

Tre Young knows the Tri-Cities Fever offense just about as well as anyone on this year's roster.

But despite being one of the Fever's top receivers last season and playing in 15 games, he had questions about how and where he would fit in after joining the team four games into this season.

That answer appeared to be answered in just his second game back.

Young, who was released by the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League about a month ago, showed why coach Adam Shackleford wanted to bring him back in the Fever's 65-62 win over New Mexico on Friday night.

Young had one of the biggest nights of any Fever receiver this season, catching 10 passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns.

"My goal when I came back here was to contribute," he said. "I just wanted to find a spot where I can fit in."

Young was second on the Fever last season in receptions and touchdown catches before signing with the AFL in the offseason. After being released by the Sharks, a return trip to Tri-Cities was really just a formality as long as Shackleford would have him back.

"He's a good receiver and I wouldn't have brought him back if I didn't think he could make this team better."

Young provides a big target for quarterback Houston Lillard at 6-foot-3 and can stretch the defense as was evident Friday night. Young caught a 35-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the game and then to open the second quarter hauled in a 49-yard touchdown reception. Young also had another 30-yard second-quarter touchdown reception.

Young returned two weeks ago against the Wyoming Cavalry,catching four passes for 41 yards.

"It will come," he said after the win about getting back into a rhythm with Lillard. "I am just happy to be back and I want to contribute any way I can."

Young and the Fever return to the field Friday night at theToyota Center against the Everett Raptors. Kickoff is 7:05 p.m.

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