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Chase Young Making Case As Best Pass Rusher In Ohio State History

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Chase Young entered the 2019 season with a straight-forward goal: to be the top pass-rusher in Ohio State football history.

“I’d say the best,” Young said when he was asked back in August. “I mean, everybody wants to be the best. That’s what I strive for every single day, just try to be the best player I can be. And if it’s No. 1 or 2 or 3, then it is what it is. But I just know that myself, I try to be the best player I can.”

The Buckeyes have had some truly outstanding players in that role in their history, starting with Nick and Joey Bosa, and working back through names like Tyquan Lewis, Vernon Gholston, Mike Vrabel, Jason Simmons, Eric Kumerow, and on and on.

So how would Young measure himself against players like that?

“If you look at it, it’s got to be the numbers,” Young said in August. “Tackles, sacks, TFLs, things like that. And not even just that. How well do you disrupt offenses every game.  Pressures. It doesn’t have to be a sack every play, but if you beat your man every time and he’s getting the ball out fast, nothing you can do.”

Four games into his junior season, Young is well on his way to securing his spot atop that list.

Saturday against Miami, he had two strip-sacks within less than four minutes of game play in the second quarter.

Both led to turnovers and set up short fields for the OSU offense as the Buckeyes exploded for a 42-point quarter. Consider the opposing team officially disrupted.

“It definitely feels good to make an impact on the field,” said Young after the game. “It feels even better that I’m putting the offense in a position to score.”

“To see Chase come off the edge like that was unbelievable,” said OSU head coach Ryan Day after the game. “It’s one thing to be veteran. It’s one thing to be really good. It’s another thing to play that way and produce. And to see him do that changed the game just like that.”

But Day said the pair of sacks and turnovers did more than just swung momentum. In some ways they decided the game.

“If you’re on the other side of the ball and you see that a couple times that can take your heart away. And I think it did,” he said.

Young now has seven sacks on the year, halfway to Gholston’s single-season OSU record of 14. He’s done it playing just two or three quarters each week, and oh, by the way, there are still eight games left in the regular season.

Co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison said Young’s production is the natural result of the work the junior puts in on and off the field.

“I love how hard he plays,” said Mattison. “I love the attitude he plays with and I love the technique he plays with. Great things will happen for a young man who plays like he plays.”

Day is clearly happy with the production he has gotten from the talented junior pass-rusher. But he said the key is keep building on that.

“He’s playing at a high level right now. We’ve got to keep him going at that level,” Day said. “He’s got to keep producing because when he does our defense is really good.”

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  1. No. He cant even begin to make that case until we get to B1G play. Chase looks amazing thus far

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