Ohio State junior defensive end Chase Young (2) attempts to evade Michigan graduate offensive lineman Jon Runyan (75) during the second half of the game at Michigan Stadium Nov. 30. Ohio State won 56-27. Credit: Amal Saeed | Photo Editor

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.