Ohio State defensive star, Chase Young has learned of his fate with the NCAA, and it could have been much worse. In the end, Young’s loan from a non-family member could have cost the Heisman candidate much more than just a two-game suspension from the NCAA.
Young got into trouble when he borrowed money from a family friend in 2018, a violation of NCAA regulations. Young was presented with the report on Oct. 27, and immediately took responsibility. He had already repaid the money over the summer.
Ohio State athletic director, Gene Smith said in a statement how impressed he was by Young’s handling of the situation.
“I also want to commend Chase Young and let him know how proud we are of him. He took responsibility for his actions, cooperated throughout the process, and understood and accepted that there would be consequences. He’s a team captain and a leader, and most importantly, a Buckeye. He wanted nothing more than an opportunity to play again, and we’re pleased that he’ll get that chance.”
Ohio State Unaffected by Young’s Suspension
Young’s suspension certainly didn’t impact last week’s game against Maryland. The Buckeyes were 42.5-point favorites over the Terrapins, and easily covered, winning 73-14.
Young has been practicing with the team this week, but won’t be on the field this Saturday when the Buckeyes face Rutgers as 52-point favorites to win.
Still, Young is appreciative of the support he’s received from the team. When his suspension was announced, Young tweeted a message.
“Excited to be back on the field next week!” Young wrote. “Thank you Buckeye Nation for all the love and support. I’m blessed to be a part of this team, this university, and this community. Lots of love to my family. God Bless and Go Bucks!”
Heisman Hopes Hampered
Missing two games has definitely hurt the defensive end in his quest to become the first true defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy. When the Heisman odds were released, he wasn’t even among the players listed. After his performance in the victory against Wisconsin, he got on the board at 20/1.
The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Young leads the nation with 13.5 sacks, despite missing last week’s contest. He is a half-sack short of Vernon Gholston’s single-season sack record at Ohio State, which was set in 2007. Young also leads the Buckeyes with 15.5 tackles-for-loss, and five forced fumbles.
Missing last week’s game did hurt him. While his team was beating up on a hapless Maryland, Young missed out on an opportunity to pad his stats. As a result, he is now 100/1 to win the Heisman.
Young, though, will have a chance to catch up in two marquee games. A week from Saturday, OSU hosts Penn State. Then, the following week, they travel to Ann Arbor for their annual rivalry game with Michigan.