Former Ohio State Safety/Linebacker Craig Young Transferring to Kansas

By Dan Hope on December 13, 2021 at 5:37 pm
Craig Young

Craig Young will continue his college football career at Kansas.

The former Ohio State safety/linebacker announced his commitment to the Jayhawks on Monday, just nine days after entering the transfer portal.

Young spent three seasons with the Buckeyes in which he primarily served as a backup. After starting his career as a linebacker, Young moved to safety this past season yet played most of his 132 defensive snaps in a hybrid safety/linebacker role.

While many expected Young to be the Buckeyes' starting bullet in 2021, he ended up playing only occasionally as Ronnie Hickman locked down the starting bullet role. He saw increased playing time down the stretch of the season at the cover safety position, even starting against Michigan State, but it’s unclear how big his role would have been in new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles’ defense next season.

Instead of sticking around to find out, Young will look to play a bigger role at Kansas, where he’ll immediately become one of the most talented athletes on a team that went just 2-10 in 2021. Because the NCAA gave all players an additional year of eligibility last season, Young will bring three years of collegiate eligibility with him to Lawrence.

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