Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Young returning home to ply his trade

BLUEMONT, Va.- The Washington Redskins first round draft pick will not need to travel to a new city to continue his football career. Chase Young, the best defensive player in the country grew up only miles away from FedEx Field in Upper Marlboro, MD and played high school ball at DeMatha.

He is expected to make an immediate impact on the defense just as another local Jonathan Allen in 2017, who grew up in the shadows of Redskins Park, another first round defensive pick that came in and made an immediate impact.

Chase Young at 2019 Rose Bowl Media Day                 Photo courtesy of Ohio State University Athletic Department

Ohio State Career Overview  (Provided courtesy of Ohio State University Athletic Department)

• Team captain and the dominant defensive player in college football during the 2019 season
• A unanimous All-American in 2019 and won six major individual awards
• Declared intentions to be eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft following his junior season
• A finalist for the Heisman Trophy … just the ninth defensive player out of 159 total finalists since 1982
• Won both the Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which both recognize the nation’s outstanding defensive player
• Won the Ted Hendricks award as the nation’s outstanding defensive end in 2019
• Won three Big Ten Conference awards as a junior: the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten’s best player and the Big Ten’s Defensive Player and Defensive Lineman of the Year awards
• The nucleus of an Ohio State defense that ranked among the nation’s Top 5 statistically in six major categories, including No. 1 in total defense (259.7 yards per game), No. 2 in passing yardage (156.0 yards per game), red zone scores (66 pct.) and pass efficiency (97.50) and No. 4 in scoring (13.7 points per game)
• Led the nation in quarterback sacks (16.5) and sacks per game (1.38)
• No. 2 nationally in 2019 in tackles-for-loss (21.5) and TFLs per game (1.8)
• Led the nation in forced fumbles (six) and with .50 forced fumbles per game
• Set school records with 16.5 quarterback sacks and 117 sack yards
• Finishes second (to Mike Vrabel, who had 36.0 sacks and 245 sack yards) with 31.0 career sacks and 211 sack yards
• Had 99 career tackles, including 42.5 TFLs and 239 TFL yards, figures that rank 11t and fifth, respectively, at Ohio State
• Two-year starter who played in 38 games and started 23 times

Honors & Awards
2019: Unanimous All-American, Heisman Trophy finalist, Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Ted Hendricks Award, Chicago Tribune Silver Football, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, all-Big Ten Conference
2018: Second-team all-Big Ten

More on Chase:
• Was majoring in criminology at Ohio State
• A consensus 5-star prospect and one of the Top 10 players regardless of position in the nation as a high school senior
• The No. 1 player in the state of Maryland
• Helped DeMatha win the 2016 state championship with a 12-0 record by recording 118 tackles and 37 tackles-for-loss, including 19 quarterback sacks
• Played two seasons at DeMatha and two years at Pallotti High School in Laurel, Md.
• The son of Carla and Greg Young.