COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior defensive end Chase Young has been named the 2019 Chicago Tribune Silver Football award winner as the best player in the Big Ten Conference. The award, presented since 1924, is voted on by the conference’s 14 head coaches.
Young is the 21st Ohio State Buckeye to win the award and the sixth in the past eight years. He is the first Ohio State defensive player to win it and the conference’s first defensive player since 2009. Only six defensive players have won the Silver Football.
The award is Young’s third this year, after previously being named the Big Ten’s Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year and the Big Ten’s Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year. Young, the nation’s leader in TFLs (19.5), quarterback sacks (16.5) and sack yards (117), plus is second in TFL yards (122) and forced fumbles (six), is also a finalist for the:
Young and the Buckeyes will take on the Wisconsin Badgers Saturday night in the Big Ten Championship Game from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. FOX will carry the game with Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft describing the action. Kickoff is set for 8:17 p.m.
Ohio State Silver Football Award Winners