After one of the most dominant individual defensive performances in Ohio State history, Chase Young has been recognized as the national defensive player of the week.
Young was named Sunday as the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week after he recorded six total tackles with five tackles for loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles in Ohio State's 38-7 win over Wisconsin on Saturday.
Ohio State coach Ryan Day said after Saturday's game that Young is “probably the most dominant player in all of college football right now.”
“This is a game that was set up for him to kind of get eaten up with multiple surfaces and multiple tight ends. You can kind of get lost in the running game. He dominated,” Day said of Saturday's game. “I think it goes to show you how tough he is. His leadership’s been off the charts. His energy; he's the one that's driving and pushing those guys up front. I can't say enough good things about him.”
Young's four sacks tied an Ohio State school record, and he is now just a half-sack from breaking Vernon Gholston's single-season record of 14 sacks, which has stood since 2007. Young's 13.5 sacks lead the Football Bowl Subdivision, and his 15.5 total tackles for loss and five forced fumbles both rank second nationally.
He's the 11th Ohio State player to win the Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week award since 2004, and the first since Marshon Lattimore received the award in Sept. 2016 for his performance against Tulsa in which he recorded two interceptions, including one which he returned for a touchdown.