Al Young didn’t think he had enough receiving yards at South Carolina State to make a hall of fame.
Then again, when he watched Pittsburgh Steelers teammate Franco Harris do the unthinkable on the Immaculate Reception, he didn’t know something like that was possible either.
But Young, now North Augusta’s boys basketball coach, has learned his individual doubts were misplaced, as he was among those honored as a member of South Carolina State University’s athletic hall of fame during Thursday’s “SCSU Bulldog Nite Out in the CSRA” at Julian Smith Casino. It was the Greater Augusta Alumni Chapter’s 16th annual event.
“It was unbelievable, for sure,” Young said about the memorable play in the Steelers’ 1972 NFL playoff game win against the Oakland Raiders. “You’re hesitant because you don’t know if it’s good or not good.”
Raleigh Roundtree, Robert “Buzzy” Banks, Arthur Prescott, Bobby Moore and James Quarles are the other members to be inducted into the hall of fame on Sept. 8.
But Thursday was also about encouraging potential future Bulldogs, as football coach Buddy Pough was among the high-profile South Carolina State representatives present for the scholarship benefit.
Pough’s team went 7-4 a year ago, but this season the Bulldogs have a memorable slate that includes visits to Arizona, Texas A&M and a neutral site game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to play North Carolina Central.
“It’s always fun to play in such high-style venues,” said Pough, who also said he considers Augusta an in-state recruiting area.
Former Laney girls basketball player Mykala Jones was also at the benefit as she continues to improve following a shin fracture.
She’s looking forward to playing 5-on-5s in as soon as a few weeks in preparation for her upcoming season.
“It hurts when I work out, but I go to the gym every day,” said Jones, who graduated from Laney in 2011. “I want to show people what I would have done (on the court) last year.”