May 29, 2020

Chase Young, Jincy Dunne Selected as 2019-20 Athletes of the Year


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Consensus All-American and Heisman Trophy finalist Chase Young (football) and first team All-American defender Jincy Dunne (women’s hockey) are Ohio State’s 2020 Male and Female Athletes of the Year. Both will now be placed on the ballots for Big Ten Athlete of the Year awards, with the winners to be announced by the league June 4.

Young is the 11th football player to win Ohio State’s Male Athlete of the Year and the second in as many years (Dwayne Haskins won the award in 2019). Dunne is the first women’s hockey player to be named Ohio State’s Female Athlete of the Year.

Dunne and the Buckeyes claimed the 2020 WCHA Tournament Championship, the first championship crown for the program, after topping No. 1 Wisconsin in the title game, 1-0, in overtime. Dunne was credited with the assist on the game-winning goal, making her the program’s record holder for career postseason points and assists. Ohio State earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and was scheduled to play Minnesota in the opening round before the COVD-19 pandemic forced its cancellation.

From O’Fallon, Mo., Dunne was announced as a Big Ten Medal of Honor winner last Friday, making her the first women’s hockey player to win that award. She ended her career as a three-time AHCA All-American, with two first team accolades. She is the fourth defensive player in the past decade to be a first or second team All-American three times. She is one of just two Buckeyes to earn first team All-WCHA honors three times and received the league’s defensive player of the year honor as both a junior and senior.

A two-time team captain and two-time alternate captain, Dunne became the only Buckeye to be named first team All-USCHO after receiving second and third team honors during her junior and sophomore seasons, respectively. She finished her career with 99 points, putting her third all-time among Ohio State blueliners.

A WCHA Scholar-Athlete, Dunne earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in May of 2019 and is enrolled in the sports coaching master’s degree program. She was also an Academic All-Big Ten honoree and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete for the 2019-20 academic year.

A team captain in 2019, Young was simply the most dominant defensive player in the country on his way to winning six major individual awards. He led the nation in quarterback sacks (16.5) and sacks per game (1.38) while finishing second in tackles-for-loss (21.5) and TFLs per game (1.8). The Upper Marlboro, Md., native claimed the Big Ten Defensive Linemen of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Chicago Tribune Silver Football Awards. Young was just the ninth defensive player (out of 159 total finalists since 1982) to be selected as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

On the national level, Young won both the Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, both of which recognize the nation’s outstanding defensive player, and the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation’s top defensive end. He was a unanimous All-American and the nucleus of a defense that finished ranked No. 1 in total defense (259.7 yards per game), No. 2 in passing yardage (156.0 yards per game), red zone scores (66 pct.) and pass efficiency (97.50) and No. 4 in scoring (13.7 points per game).

In three years as a Buckeye, Young played in 38 games and earned 23 starts. His career total of 31.0 career sacks is second-most in program history, behind only Mike Vrabel (36.0 from 1993-96). He helped Ohio State win three consecutive outright Big Ten titles and earn a berth to the College Football Playoff in 2019.

A criminology and criminal justice major, Young announced in January that he would forgo his senior season and entered the 2020 NFL Draft. Last month, he was the second overall selection by the Washington Redskins.


SportBig Ten Athlete of the Year
2019-20Jincy DunneWomen's Ice Hockey
2019-20Chase YoungFootball
2018-19Sade OlatoyeTrack & Field
2018-19Dwayne HaskinsFootball
2017-18Kelsey MitchellBasketball
2017-18Kyle SnyderWrestling
2016-17Francesca Di LorenzoTennis
2016-17Kyle SnyderWrestling
2015-16Catherine ShieldsRowing
2015-16Kyle Snyder Wrestling
2014-15Ashley BauerRowing
2014-15Logan StieberWrestling
2013-14Catherine Shields Rowing
2013-14Logan StieberWrestling
2012-13Claire-Louise BodeRowing
2012-13Blaz RolaTennis
2011-12Christina ManningTrack & Field
2011-12Zain ShaitoFencing
2010-11Jantel LavenderBasketball
2010-11Steven KehoeVolleyball
2009-10Sam Marder Softball
2009-10Evan TurnerBasketball
2008-09Jantel LavenderBasketball
2008-09J JaggersWrestling
2007-08Teresa MeyerPistol
2007-08Andras HoranyiFencing
2006-07Jessica DavenportBasketball
2006-07Troy Smith Football
2005-06Jessica DavenportBasketball
2005-06A.J. Hawk Football
2004-05Stacey GordonVolleyball
2004-05Mike NugentFootball
2003-04Allison HannaGolf
2003-04Dan TaylorTrack & Field
2002-03Stacey GordonVolleyball
2002-03Craig Krenzel Football
2001-02Anna Smith Softball
2001-02Raj BhavsarGymnastics
2000-01Donica MerrimanTrack & Field
2000-01Jamie NatalieGymnastics
1999-00Donica MerrimanTrack & Field
1999-00Jamie Natalie Gymnastics
1998-99Dominque CallowayTrack & Field
1998-99 Scoonie PennBasketball
1997-98Vanessa WoutersVolleyball
1997-98Hugo BoisvertHockey
1996-97Amy LanghalsGolf
1996-97Blaine WilsonGymnastics
1995-96Katie Smith Basketball
1995-96Eddie GeorgeFootball
1994-95Laura DavisVolleyball
1994-95Blaine WilsonGymnastics
1993-94Katie Smith Basketball
1993-94Chris SandersTrack & Field
1992-93Audrey BurcyBasketball
1992-93Chris NellomsTrack & Field
1991-92Leisa WisslerVolleyball
1991-92Jim JacksonBasketball
1990-91Holly O'LearyVolleyball
1990-91Jim JacksonBasketball
1989-90Susan GottliebSwimming
1989-90Mike RancanelliGymnastics
1988-89Nikita LowryBasketball
1988-89Joe GreeneTrack & Field
1987-88Bridgette TateTrack & Field
1987-88Chris SpielmanFootball
1986-87Karen LaFaceDiving
1986-87Butch ReynoldsTrack & Field
1985-86Tracey HallBasketball
1985-86Mike LaneseFootball
1984-85Yvette Angel Basketball
1984-85Robert PlayterGymnastics
1983-84Sarah JosephsonSynchronized Swimming
1983-84John Frank Football
1982-83Cathy KratzertGolf
1982-83Chris PerryGolf
1981-82Art SchlichterFootball