The NCAA has reached its decision regardingChase Young‘s eligibility. The Buckeye star defensive end will miss one additional game, taking his suspension to two total contests.
Ohio State initially elected to sit Youngout of last week’s win against Maryland while the athletic department looked into possible NCAA violations, the team announced on Nov. 8. These violations, asYoung confirmed on his Twitter account, stemmed from receiving a loan from a “family friend “In 2018, which the defensive lineman stated was paid back in full. It has since been reported, by Bucknuts and other outlets, that this loan was for Young to fly his girlfriend to watch him play in last year Rose Bowl game in Pasadena California.
Young will sit out this weekend’s game against Rutgers but can return for the Buckeyes for the final two games of the regular season against Penn State and Michigan.
“I want to thank and express my sincere gratitude to university staff members who worked so diligently and expertly to learn and understand the facts, and then to report these facts to the NCAA as part of our request to have Chase reinstated, ”Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith said in a statement“ This is the example of the culture of compliance we have at Ohio State.
“I also want to commendChase Youngand 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. ”
Young has been arguably the most dominant player in college football in 2019. For the season, the defensive end has29 total tackles, 15 .5 tackles for a loss, 13 .5 sacks, five forced fumbles and one pass defended for the Scarlet and Gray. With one more sack, Young will break the Ohio State single-season record of 14 set byVernon Gholstonin 2007. The defensive end is also only 10 .5 sacks away from former Arizona State defensive endTerrell Suggs‘national single-season sack record of 24, which he set in 2002.His four-sack, five-tackle for a loss performance against Wisconsin on Oct. 26 propelled Young into the discussion to become the second defensive player ever to win the Heisman Trophy.
Ohio State asked for immediate eligibility for Young in its formal report to the NCAA, according to the release.
“I appreciate the expediency to which the NCAA reviewed and responded to our request for reinstatement,” Smith said. “We felt that based on the circumstances, the NCAA would use its leadership capacity to take an understanding approach on behalf of all student-athletes who find themselves in a similar position, and it certainly did just that.”
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The Scarlet and Gray were able to handle the Terrapins without Young playing. The combination of co-startersTyreke Smith,Zach Harrison,Tyler FridayandJavontae Jean-Baptistecombined for six total tackles, three sacks and three tackles for a loss in the 73 – 14 win that saw nearly all of the starters out by halftime. The defense as a whole held the Terps to just 139 total yards and the starters kept Maryland out of the endzone.
These four, and the rest of the Ohio State defense, will have the opportunity to step up again against Rutgers on Saturday before Young returns the following week.