Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Chase Young, a Heisman Trophy contender who has been the most powerful defender in FBS this season, is being sued by the football team for a potential unspecified violation of NCAA rules, the university on Friday.
Young, a junior from Hyattsville, Maryland, will not play for No. 1 Buckeyes in Saturday's game against Maryland "because of a possible NCAA issue from 2018 that the Athletics Department is looking at," the school said in a release.
Youth led FBS with 13½ sacks and tied for second with 15½ tackles for loss.
He tied Ohio State's single-game records for sacks (four) and tackles for loss (five) in the Buckeyes' last game, a 38-7 win over Wisconsin on October 26. He needed half-sack to tie Vernon Gholston's single-season team record in 2007.
"Having a player like Chase play in such a way that he has a clear game changing and makes everything better on defense that b ecause you have to account for him in every play, "Buckeyes coach Ryan Day said after the Wisconsin win. "But that's fine if he acts like that, and he does."
The boy, at 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, is considered the No. 1 potential pick in the NFL draft next spring if he decides to deny his final season of eligibility with the Buckeyes. The Mel Kiper Jr. ESPN ranks Young as No. 1 player available for the 2020 NFL draft on his latest Big Board.