Ohio State stud defensive end Chase Young is facing an “indefinite suspension” this season, per Letterman Row. Young will miss Ohio State’s upcoming game against Maryland and could potentially be out for even more contests. Ohio State released a vague statement on the suspension citing a “possible NCAA issue from 2018” that the school is looking into.
“Ohio State’s Chase Young will not play in this Saturday’s game between the Buckeyes and the Maryland Terrapins due to a possible NCAA issue from 2018 that the Department of Athletics is looking into,” Ohio State said in a statement, per Lettermen Row.
Young released his own statement on Twitter citing a “loan from a family friend” as the reason for the suspension and explained that the money has already been repaid.
“Unfortunately, I won’t be playing this week because of an NCAA eligibility issue,” Young explained on Twitter. “I made a mistake last year by accepting a loan from a family friend I’ve known since the summer before my freshman year at OSU. I repaid it in full last summer and I’m working with the University and NCAA to get back on the field as soon as possible. I want to thank my family, teammates, coaches, and the whole Ohio State community for all the love and support. God bless and go Bucks!”
ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit confirmed the report of Young’s suspension but admitted even he did not know the details of why the defensive end will be absent.
“This is all I know. Statement from the Ohio State Department of Athletics Ohio State’s Chase Young will not play in this Saturday’s game between the Buckeyes and the Maryland Terrapins due to a possible NCAA issue from 2018 that the Department of Athletics is looking into,” Herbstreit tweeted.
Young is not only one of the Buckeyes top players but potentially the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL draft. Ohio State is the top-ranked team in the College Football Playoff’s initial rankings and an extended absence would be a major blow for the Buckeyes.
Young Is Being Mentioned as a Possible Heisman Trophy Candidate
Young’s talent makes him the rare defensive player that is being discussed as a potential Heisman Trophy contender. As ESPN’s David Pollack pointed out, the suspension puts his Heisman chances in serious doubt.
“Chase Young is the best player in College Football! He shld be in the Heisman mix. The rumors flying around about his possible suspension wld end all of those talks. Even if it is just one game,” Pollack tweeted.
Young is an elite pass rusher who already has 13.5 sacks to go along with 29 tackles so far this season.
The Ohio State Defensive Ends Is One of the Favorites to Be the No. 1 Pick in the 2020 NFL Draft
Not only is Young one of the best players in college football, but he is one of the best NFL defensive prospects we have seen in years. Young and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa are the two favorites to be the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL draft.
It will be interesting to see what the investigation reveals and if it will have any impact on Young’s draft stock. Like many analysts, The Athletic’s Dane Brugler has Young as his top-ranked player on his 2020 big board.
This is the third draft board I have done for the 2020 NFL Draft and Young as been No. 1 on each. Spoiler alert – barring an injury, Young will remain at No. 1 through draft night. He has the ability to take over games with his explosive power and technical understanding of how to beat blockers.
There are plenty of rumors that Young’s suspension is potentially tied to impermissible benefits from an agent, but these are unsubstantiated claims as of now. We will continue to update you as more details are released on Young’s suspension.