COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State defensive end Chase Young won his fourth major award in the last seven days, claiming the 2019 Chuck Bednarik Award from the Maxwell Football Club as the nation’s top defensive player. Young is Ohio State’s first-ever Bednarik Award winner and the seventh from a Big Ten school.
Earlier this week, Young won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy from the Charlotte Touchdown Club as the nation’s top defensive player and on Wednesday was the Ted Hendricks Award winner as the best defensive end. Last Friday, he became the first Ohio State defensive player to win the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the best player in the Big Ten Conference.
Young’s honor was announced this evening at The Home Depot College Football Awards show in Atlanta. He was joined there by three teammates: quarterback Justin Fields, a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award, running back J.K. Dobbins, a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, and cornerback Jeff Okudah, a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award.
Young, from Upper Marlboro, Md., and DeMatha Catholic High School, has had one of the most dominant defensive seasons in the history of college football. He leads the nation with 16.5 sacks and 1.50 sacks per game for the 13-0 Big Ten champion Buckeyes. His 21.0 tackles-for-loss ranks fourth and 1.91 tackles-for-loss in tops nationally.
Following the awards show in Atlanta, Young and Fields head to New York City as finalists for the Heisman Trophy, which will be announced on Saturday evening. Young is just the ninth defensive player ever to be a Heisman finalist and the Buckeyes are only the fifth team to have multiple Heisman Trophy finalists in the same year since the award first started inviting finalists to New York in 1982.