30 Legends of Ohio State Football

Chase Young

Ohio State Stats: 34 games played (25 starts), 98 total tackles (68 solo), 40.5 tackles for loss, 30.5 sacks, 9 forced fumbles

One of the most dominant defensive players of all-time, Chase Young has the chance to become a superstar in the NFL. When looking at Young’s numbers and highlights, it is easy to see why a franchise spent the No. 2 overall pick on him in 2020. Despite coming off the bench as a freshman, Young made an impact — 3.5 sacks, 5.0 TFL, one forced fumble. However, once Urban Meyer and Ryan Day elected to move Young to the starting lineup in 2018, the edge rusher started taking over games. Young racked up 10.5 sacks for the Buckeyes — including a three-sack performance in the Big Ten Championship (en route to a Second-Team All-Big Ten selection).

Much to the rest of the Big Ten’s dismay, Young went from being a very good player as a sophomore to being an absolute monster as a junior. Despite missing two games due to a controversial suspension, Young notched an Ohio State-record 16.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles in just 12 games — all while facing double, if not triple, teams. The unanimous All-American won numerous awards (including the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award). In a testament to his dominance, Young also became just the ninth defensive player since 1982 to be nominated for the Heisman Trophy.

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