Ohio State football: Meet defensive end Chase Young, your new Heisman favorite

Ohio State football Chase Young (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Ohio State football Chase Young (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /

Following Ohio State football’s dismantling of the Wisconsin rushing attack, a new front runner has emerged for the Heisman, defensive end Chase Young.

It’s pretty simple when it comes to awarding the Heisman Trophy: The most outstanding player in college football gets the award. If that’s truly the case, the Ohio State football program will have another to unveil at the ‘Shoe: Chase Young.

The defensive end and potential No. 1 pick in this spring’s NFL Draft had one of his most dominant games against the Buckeyes toughest opponent so far, the No. 13 ranked Wisconsin Badgers.

Young tallied four sacks, five tackles for a loss and forced two fumbles in the Buckeyes 37-7 victory against the Badgers. Fox highlighted why he wasn’t just a pass rusher, as Young showed to be excellent against Wisconsin’s tough rushing attack.

The Badgers’ whole identity is running the ball, but Young was playing like he was carrying Thor’s Hammmer, squashing the Heisman hopes of Jonathan Taylor while boosting his own. Taylor finished with a season low 52 yard and an ugly average of 2.6 yards per carry.

Following the game, Fox analyst Brady Quinn told the world why Young should be the Heisman favorite, although he admitted the award always seems to go to a quarterback.

Young now has 9.5 sacks, which ties him for the most quarterback takedowns in the country.

As for the other front runners: Krypotnite will keep Taylor from sniffing the Hesiman, and its colors are Scarlet and Gray. Jalen Hurts was hurling prayer dead quails in plays of desperation during Oklahoma’s embarrassing loss to Kansas State.

Forget the fact 12 of Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa‘s 27 touchdown have come against Duke, Southern Miss and  New Mexico State. Joe Burrow is giving LSU fans hope, but the award goes to the most Outstanding player. Is he it?

Can Young actually win the award? It’s going to be tough, but the fact that he balls out in big games improves his chances, because these are the moments that will ultimately be on the minds of voters when ballots are cast.

History says Young’s chances to win the award are a long shot. Michigan’s Charles Woodson is the only defensive player to win the hardware, but the Fremont, Ohio native also had highlight reels play at kick returner and wide receiver to strengthen his case.

Young doesn’t do anything else except blow-up double teams and complicate things so badly for the opposing offense that the No. 13 team in the country could only muster seven measly points.

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The big games are going to be what defines not just Young, but the Buckeyes. If they obliterate the offenses of Penn State and Michigan and whomever awaits in the Big Ten title game and Young is a major player in each contest, forget about it. Don’t overthink it, a vote for the junior will be slam dunk.