Malek Young can no longer play football for Miami, but he will be around the team this year.
He’ll be with at least one of his former teammates forever.
Hurricanes quarterback N’Kosi Perry recently got a tattoo to honor Young, whose playing career ended after a neck injury in the Orange Bowl.
The permanent tribute, a photo of which Perry shared with the Post, is on his left wrist. In black ink is Young’s No. 12, which he wore for two seasons as a cornerback, and his nickname, “Humble Child.”
Young’s injury occurred in the first quarter of Miami’s 34-24 loss to Wisconsin last Dec. 30. He collided with Badgers fullback Austin Ramesh on a kickoff. He had surgery to fuse his C1 and C2 vertebrae, ending his career.
This spring, Young, 20, was a volunteer coach assisting cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph.
Perry, a redshirt freshman who arrived at UM one year after Young (Class of 2016), was trying to wrest the starting quarterback job from redshirt senior Malik Rosier.