Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, who is projected to be a top NFL draft pick, is being held out by the football team as the university looks into a possible undisclosed violation of NCAA rules from last year.
The school announced Friday that Young will not play for the Buckeyes in Saturday’s game against Maryland, writing in a statement that the Department of Athletics is reviewing “a possible NCAA issue from 2018.”
Young released a statement Friday in light of the announcement, revealing that the violation was for accepting a loan from a “family friend.”
“Unfortunately, I won’t be playing this week because of an NCAA eligibility issue,” Young wrote in his statement. “I made a mistake last year by accepting a loan from a family friend I’ve known since the summer before my freshman year at OSU. I repaid it in full last summer and I’m working with the University and NCAA to get back on the field as soon as possible.
“I want to thank my family, teammates, coaches, and the whole Ohio State community for all the love and support. God bless and go Bucks!”
There was no clear timetable for Young’s absence.
This news comes just two weeks after Young tied Ohio State’s single-game records for sacks (four) and tackles for loss (five) in the Buckeyes’ 38-7 win over Wisconsin. It’s a potentially brutal blow for the Buckeyes, who were No. 1 in the first College Playoff Rankings that came out Tuesday. A showdown with No. 4 Penn State looms after Maryland and Rutgers matchups.
“Having a player like Chase play the way he has clearly changes the game and makes everybody on that defense better because you have to account for him on every play,” Buckeyes coach Ryan Day said after the Wisconsin win. “But that’s only good if he plays that way, and he is.”
If the 20-year-old Young decides to forgo his final season of eligibility at Ohio State, he is considered the potential No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Young, a Heisman trophy contender, has dominated the FBS this season, leading the nation with 13 1/2 sacks, sitting at second with five forced fumbles and tying for second with 15 1/2 tackles for loss.