Lions sign former MVP Antwon Young

Lions sign former MVP Young


COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Columbus Lions announced on Tuesday they signed quarterback Antwon Young for the 2014 season. The 6'4", 225-pound native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was a quarterback at Villanova University and was named the 2012 PIFL Most Valuable Player as a member of the Richmond Raiders.

Young accounted for 73 total touchdowns over the 12-game season, passing for 55 and rushing for 18 more while throwing just five interceptions. He led Richmond to the PIFL Championship Game, where they lost to the Albany Panthers.

"Antwon is a game changer," said Lions head coach Jason Gibson. "When we played against him, it was almost impossible to plan against him. He is smart with the football, which is something we need here in Columbus since turnovers have been a major problem the past two years. He makes great decisions on the field. If the pass isn't there, he can take off running, which will provide another threat to our offense. He is respected around the PIFL for his level of play."

"I'm happy to be a part of the Lions organization," said Young. "I've known Coach Gibson for a couple of years, and the opportunity presented itself to come to Columbus this year and he reached out to me. I'm glad to continue my career here.

"I'm really looking forward to the season with the pieces we have here. This league is based on quarterback play, and I feel personally I can be the best QB in the league. Columbus has always had great receivers, and coupled with my ability, I hope to continue the winning tradition here. We have big expectations this year, and I'm looking forward to being healthy this season and contributing."

The Lions open 2014 season at the Harrisburg Stampede on March 30, then host Young's former team, the Richmond Raiders, for the home opener on April 5.