January 3, 2020

Dominant Defender Chase Young Departs for NFL Draft

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COLUMBUS, OhioChase Young, who wreaked havoc on opponent offenses during a unanimous All-American season in 2019 that included winning six major individual awards, announced Friday that he would make himself available for the 2020 NFL Draft by foregoing his senior season at Ohio State. Young is the third Ohio State All-American underclassmen to declare for the draft, after running back J.K. Dobbins and cornerback Jeff Okudah did so earlier this week.

Young was the most dominant defensive player in college football this year. He was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy – just the ninth defensive player out of 159 total finalists since 1982 – and won both the Bednarik Award, which is awarded to the nation’s defensive player of the year, and the Bronko Nagurski, which is given to the nation’s outstanding defensive player.

Young also won the Ted Hendricks award as the nation’s outstanding defensive end in 2019 and he won three Big Ten Conference awards: the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten’s best player and the Big Ten’s Defensive Player and Defensive Lineman of the Year.

Young’s six national/Big Ten awards position him among the best of the best of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Most Major Awards – Ohio State Buckeyes 

OT Orlando Pace – 8
Lombardi Award – 1995, 1996
Outland Trophy – 1996
Chicago Tribune Silver Football – 1996
Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year – 1996
Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year – 1995, 1996
Big Ten Freshman of the Year – 1994

RB Archie Griffin – 7
Heisman Trophy – 1974, 1975
Maxwell Award – 1975
Walter Camp Award – 1974, 1975
Chicago Tribune Silver Football – 1973, 1974

QB Braxton Miller – 7
Chicago Tribune Silver Football – 2012, 2013
Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year – 2012, 2013
Big Ten Quarterback of the Year – 2012, 2013
Big Ten Freshman of the Year – 2011

DE Chase Young – 6
Bednarik Award – 2019
Bronko Nagurski Trophy – 2019
Ted Hendricks Award – 2019
Chicago Tribune Silver Football – 2019
Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year – 2019
Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year – 2019

LB James Laurinaitis – 6
Dick Butkus Award – 2007
Bronko Nagurski Trophy – 2006
Lott IMPACT Trophy – 2008
Senior CLASS Award – 2008
Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year – 2007, 2008

RB Eddie George – 6
Heisman Trophy – 1995
Walter Camp Award – 1995
Maxwell Award – 1995
Doak Walker Award – 1995
Chicago Tribune Silver Football – 1995
Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year – 1995

QB J.T. Barrett – 5
Chicago Tribune Silver Football – 2017
Big Ten Quarterback of the Year – 2014, 2016, 2017
Big Ten Freshman of the Year – 2014

QB Troy Smith – 5
Heisman Trophy – 2006
Davey O’Brien Award – 2006
Walter Camp Award – 2006
Chicago Tribune Silver Football – 2006
Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year – 2006

Nucleus of top-rated defense
Young, who found himself double- and triple-teamed most of the time this season, was a team captain and a nucleus of an Ohio State defense that ranked among the nation’s Top 5 statistically in six major categories, including 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).

The 6-5, 267-pounder from Marlboro, Md., who was majoring in criminology, led the nation in quarterback sacks (16.5) and sacks per game (1.38) while finishing No. 2 in tackles-for-loss (21.5) and TFLs per game (1.8). He also led in forced fumbles (six) and with .50 forced fumbles per game.

Young set school records with 16.5 quarterback sacks and 117 sack yards this season. He finishes second (to Mike Vrabel, who had 36.0 sacks and 245 sack yards) with 30.5 career sacks and 211 sack yards.

Chase Young Career Stats
YearGP/GSUnassistedAssistedTotalTFLYardsSacksYardsForced Fumbles
201712/0127196.0243.5201
201814/112593415.58610.5742
201912/1232144621.012916.51176
Total38/2369309942.523930.52119