The best defensive college football player in the country could miss the remainder of the season.
Ohio State expects defensive end Chase Young to be suspended four games for accepting a loan from a family friend, per ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit.
The Buckeyes held Young out of Saturday’s game against Maryland as the suspension looms, and hope an appeal will reduce the number of games.
Young acknowledged his mistake in a social media post Friday, and said he had paid the loan back in full. Young reportedly needed the loan so he could fly his girlfriend to the Rose Bowl in 2018.
Ohio State is hopeful a decision on Young’s appeal will be made by the end of next week.
Should Young lose his appeal, it could have far-reaching consequences for Ohio State’s season. The Buckeyes close out the year with games against nationally ranked Big Ten rivals Penn State and Michigan.
A loss in either of those games could impact Ohio State’s chances at making the College Football Playoff, where they entered Saturday ranked as the No. 1 team in the country.
Young leads the FBS with 13.5 sacks this season, and is tied for second with 15.5 tackles for a loss.
The pass rusher is widely considered the best non-quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft class, and was even ranked as the No. 1 player overall in ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.’s recent big board. RADIO.COM projected Young to be taken third overall in a midseason mock draft.