Ohio State will be without star defensive end Chase Young this week against Maryland.
Young, who was a +800 Heisman Trophy candidate as of Wednesday, will miss this week’s game while the school looks into a potential NCAA violation. The Buckeyes standout defensive end took to Twitter to explain his side of the story.
“Unfortunately, I won’t be playing this week because of an NCAA eligibility issue,” he said on Friday. “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.”
Young currently leads the nation in sacks with 13.5 and ranks fourth in tackles for loss. He has 29 total tackles and is second nationally in forced fumbles with five.
Young’s attorney also tweeted about his player’s situation.
“Chase took a small loan from a close family friend last year to cover basic life expenses,” Tim Nevius said. “Loan was repaid months ago and we’re working to restore his eligibility. Unfair and outdated NCAA rules punish athletes for making ends meet while enriching everyone else.”
Young tied the Ohio State single-game record with four sacks against Wisconsin in his last game. He also set a single-game record with five tackles for loss and forced two fumbles.
The Buckeyes are currently slated as 43.5-point favorites against the Terrapins and the total is 66.5. Young is still listed at +800 to win the Heisman Trophy at BetOnline, but his chances are likely slim-to-none after missing this week’s game.
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is +750 to win the award. The Buckeyes are +250 ‘chalk’ to win the College Football Playoff, and they were named the No. 1 team in the initial rankings earlier this week.
With regular season games against No. 4 Penn State and No. 14 Michigan still on the docket, Ohio State will hope Young’s situation is resolved as soon as possible.