It’s a tall honor, but few were surprised.
Ohio State junior defensive end Chase Young was named the 2019 Nagurski-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Tuesday, after breaking the single-season sack record at Ohio State with 16.5 through 12 Ohio State games.
Young only played in 10 of those games due to a two-game suspension after he accepted a loan from a family friend in late 2018, according to previous Lantern reporting. The loan was later repaid.
Young has also tallied 38 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss and a No. 2-in-the-nation six forced fumbles in 2019. His sack total leads the country.
In addition to the player of the year honors, Young was named the Smith-Brown Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and was selected first-team All-Big Ten.
Ohio State and Young will battle No. 12 Wisconsin for the Big Ten Championship at 8 p.m. Saturday.