The consensus is clear: Chase Young is expected to be one of the best defensive ends in college football this season.
The Ohio State junior and newly minted captain was named to the Associated Press' Preseason All-American first team on Tuesday, adding to a long list of preseason honors that Young has collected.
Young has also been named as a first-team preseason All-American by ESPN, CBS Sports, The Athletic, Pro Football Focus and Sports Illustrated, among other media outlets, and made the preseason watch lists for the Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which both honor college football's best defensive players. He was also selected as one of the Big Ten's 10 preseason honorees.
Coming off a productive sophomore season in which he recorded 33 total tackles with 15.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks, Young has the tools to be one of the most dominant players in all of college football this season and is also widely projected to be among the top picks in the 2020 NFL draft if he chooses to leave Ohio State after this season.
Ohio State safety Jordan Fuller was also recognized by the AP as a second-team preseason All-American. Fuller has also been named to several preseason watch lists, including the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as well as the Jim Thorpe Award (which honors college football's best defensive back), and is expected to be a leader on the back end of the Buckeyes' defense as a second-year captain and third-year starter this season.