Report: OSU Star Chase Young Suspended vs. Maryland, Could Be Out Indefinitely

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistNovember 8, 2019

Ohio State defensive end Chase Young looks at the scoreboard during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, in Evanston, Ill. Ohio State won 52-3. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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Ohio State star Chase Young will miss at least one game because of a possible NCAA violation from 2018. 

Per Bruce Feldman of The Athletic and Fox Sports, Young has been suspended for Saturday's game against Maryland as Ohio State looks into the situation. 

Per Austin Ward of LettermenRow.com, Young faces an indefinite suspension that could keep him out for the rest of this season, but Ohio State is "optimistic" he will be able to return in 2019.

In a statement released on Twitter, Young said the issue stems from a loan he accepted from a family friend that was repaid and that he's working with the school and NCAA to settle the issue:

"Unfortunately, I won't be playing this week because of an NCAA eligibility issue. 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!"

Feldman later added that the loan Young accepted and paid back in April was used to fly his girlfriend to the Rose Bowl.

Young has emerged as a force on Ohio State's defensive line with his dominant performances so far this season. He leads the nation with 13.5 sacks and is tied for second with 15.5 tackles for loss after eight games.

At that pace, Young had a chance to be among the finalists for the Heisman Trophy on Dec. 14. There hasn't been a defensive player invited to the ceremony in New York since Jabrill Peppers made it in 2016.

Defense has been an integral part of the Buckeyes' success in 2019. They lead the nation with 7.9 points allowed per game, and only one opponent has scored more than 10 points against them. 

Ohio State, which is ranked No. 1 in the College Football Playoff standings, has four games left in the regular season, including a Nov. 23 matchup against fourth-ranked Penn State.

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