John Youboty – Defensive End – Temple – 6’4″ – 250 lbs.
Big East All Conference Selection, Texas vs. Nation Collegiate All Star Game
It is true that John Youboty‘s older brother is veteran cornerback Ashton Youboty, and it is also very true that raw athleticism, size, strength and speed are all well ingrained in the bloodline. Youboty was over six feet tall by the time he was a junior in high school, and he was nothing short of dominant during his senior season. He finished his final high school campaign with 77 tackles and nine quarterback sacks. During an officially timed workout toward the end of the year, Youboty was clocked running consistent 4.6’s in the 40-yard dash.
He originally arrived at Marshall University in 2008, where he redshirted during his first season and made good use out of the local weight training facilities. By the time he put on a uniform and made his way onto the field in 2009, coaches in the conference were already beginning to take notice of the skills. He accounted for 4.5 sacks during his freshman year and continued to make his presence felt in sophomore year despite a bevy of coaching changes. After successfully petitioning the NCAA to allow him to transfer without having to sit out a year, Youboty arrived at Temple University in 2011 and made an immediate impact on their defensive unit.
In Youboty, Temple found a player who was willing to fill any roles on the team in order to put them in a position to be more successful. He lined up in at nearly every position along the defensive line at some point, and was totally unfazed by going up against even the strongest and most physically intimidating offensive lineman along the Eastern Seaboard. He was also a valuable asset on special teams, contributing to punt returns and punt coverage by using his size and exceptional speed to plug up the gaps and seams that create avenues to big plays.
Youboty Started all 11 of the Owls regular-season games in 2012, racking up nearly 50 tackles, including a team-leading six behind the line of scrimmage. He was able to get his hands on the quarterback just about every other game, and he slung the Cincinnati Bearcat signal caller to the ground twice during a midseason affair. Youboty dropped Pitt University senior quarterback Tino Sunseri for a 10-yard loss during a pivotal moment in their game, and he forced a huge fumble that garnered his team plenty of momentum in a game against the South Florida Bulls.
Youboty knows firsthand what it takes to be a professional after having closely watched and admired his brother Ashton over the course of his career. Blessed with bigger size and even more natural athletic talent, John Youboty is hoping and expecting to make his way onto an NFL roster this spring, at which point he will be able to demonstrate his skills for his coaches and prove to them that he is willing to do whatever it takes to help a football team come up with a victory.