Chase Young Facing Suspension For NCAA Violations

Chase Young Facing Suspension For NCAA Violations

Ohio State's original one-sentence statement only said Young would not play against Maryland while the program looked into "an NCAA issue from 2018".

Lettermen Row first reported Young's potential absence. By recording four sacks in a 38-7 victory over Wisconsin in the Buckeyes' last game on October 26, Young thrust himself into the national Heisman Trophy conversation.

No. 1 Ohio State travels to SHI Stadium a week from Saturday to face the Scarlet Knights, the final tune-up before a brutal two-game stretch - against No. 4 Penn State and at MI - to end the season.

Young, a junior from Hyattsville, Maryland, will not play for the No. 1 Buckeyes in Saturday's game against Maryland "due to a possible NCAA issue from 2018 that the Department of Athletics is looking into", the school said in a release.

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Young was not made available to the media during interviews this week, which is somewhat unusual for a star player during the week of a game against his home state school. It's a potentially brutal blow for the Buckeyes, who were No. 1 in the first College Playoff Rankings that came out Tuesday.

Young lead the nation with 13.5 sacks - one-half sack shy of tying the team's single-season record.

The exact nature of the potential NCAA violation is unknown, but sources told Ward that Ohio State officials are optimistic it will be cleared up in time for Young to return this season.

Rob Mullens, chair of the CFP selection committee, mentioned Young by name as "probably the best defensive player in the country" when explaining why the Buckeyes' dominance on both sides of the ball warranted the top spot.

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