Chase Young Proved He's the Best Player in College Football With a Career Day Against Wisconsin

By Kevin Harrish on October 26, 2019 at 4:10 pm
Chase Young.
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If there was any doubt that Chase Young was the most dominant player in college football, he put it to rest during Saturday's 38-7 win over Wisconsin.

In Ohio State's biggest game of the season so far, Young played the best game of his career, finishing with five tackles for loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles – both coming on strip sacks.

His four sacks on the day ties a program record for sacks in a single game.

It was the most dominant performance of what's been the most dominant season of any pass rusher in Ohio State history, and it's far from over.

Young's first sack of the game made him just the second player in Ohio State history with back-to-back seasons with double-digit sacks, joining Mike Vrabel.

Of course, Young's day wasn't done. He added three more, bringing his season sack total to 13.5 – just half a sack shy of Vernon Gholston's single-season record. Through eight games.

You don't have to do much math to figure out that Young is on pace to absolutely shatter Ohio State's single-season sack record.

Young currently averaging more than a 1.5 sacks a game. At this pace, Young would finish with around 22 sacks through 13 games, 23.5 sacks through 14 games, and 25 sacks through 15. For the record, the NCAA Division I single-season sacks record is 24, set by Arizona State's Terrell Suggs in 2004.

Young is the best player in the nation, and it's not close. He'll likely win every defensive award for which he's nominated, but at this point he's eyeing at least an invite. If Young is invited, he would be the fourth defensive lineman finalist in Heisman history, and the first since Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh, who finished fourth in 2009.

History tells us he won't win it, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't.

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