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Scott Frost Impressed With Ohio State and ‘Creature’ Chase Young

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It is easy to be impressed by Ohio State this season.

The Buckeyes are leading the Big Ten in scoring with 53.5 points per game and are third in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 9.0 points per game.

Quarterback Justin Fields is leading the Big Ten in pass efficiency (192.44) by a wide margin and has accounted for 19 touchdowns in four games. Those 19 touchdowns are more than all but five Big Ten teams.

Running back JK Dobbins is second in the league in rushing, averaging 119.3 yards on the ground per game.

Defensively, Ohio State’s 20 sacks are tied for tops in the nation. Junior defensive end Chase Young leads the nation with 7.0 sacks already, despite only playing a little more than half of the quarters for the Buckeyes this season.

And those are just the standouts. The more you look at this OSU football program, the more there is to like.

Some questioned how Ryan Day would do in his first full season as Ohio State’s head coach, but Nebraska head coach Scott Frost wasn’t one of them.

“I’m not surprised at all,” Frost said this week. “Number one, he’s got a really talented team. They’re good in all three phases. They have future Sunday players all across their lineup. He’s really smart. I met Ryan for the first time at a Chip Kelly golf tournament in Maine many years ago. He’s done a good job everywhere he’s gone. He’s climbed the coaching ranks and landed in a pretty good spot. There’s no question in my mind that Ohio State is a better team than they were a year ago.”

While it is still early, there is little doubt Frost is correct about this year’s version of the Buckeyes being better than last year’s edition.

Last year’s defense had its struggles and was completely revamped in the offseason. One area that didn’t need revamped, however, was personnel. Despite losing defensive linemen Dre’Mont Jones and Nick Bosa to the NFL, the Buckeyes returned plenty of talent up front.

The most talented member of that defensive line is Chase Young, who is running through quarterbacks faster than the transfer portal.

Young has had at least 1.5 sacks in every game this season, and two in each of the last two games for the Buckeyes. He has a streak of six games in a row with at least one sack, In those six games, he has totaled 11.0 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss.

Frost doesn’t have to load up too many clips of the Buckeye defense to see the kind of havoc Young causes an offensive line.

“He is a creature out there,” Frost said. “Physically, looks as imposing as any player that I have seen on tape in a long time. We have to be aware of where he is and do a good job on him. We also can’t cripple ourselves by focusing too much on him because there are a lot of other good players on the defense as well. We will know where he is and we are going to challenge our guys to do a good job, try to give them help where we can, and hope for the best.”

Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez has the ability to evade pass rushers, and that ability is going to be put to the ultimate test Saturday night in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Buckeyes also have a quarterback who can escape trouble. Four starts into his Ohio State career, Justin Fields has lived up to the hype. He is throwing for 220 yards per game and has rushed for 150 yards and six touchdowns while only playing around three quarters per game.

Frost hopes that the work his defense has put in against similar quarterbacks will have them prepared for what they are going to see this weekend.

“I hadn’t seen much of Justin Fields,” Frost said. “I didn’t know how good he would be, becoming eligible at Ohio State. He’s impressive. He throws it really well, runs it really well, their offense has been efficient. They have play-makers all over the field to help him. So, he is a pretty special player.

“We do have a couple of quarterbacks that run pretty well and throw it pretty well, so we will give the best look to our defense that we can and see if we can try to mirror what he does a little bit.”

4 Responses

  1. Buckeyes by 4 touchdowns, and it won’t be as close as the score suggests. Nebraska simply isn’t a very good team.

  2. I hope Buckeye fans don’t read too much into Nebraska Coach Frost too much giving all that praise to the Buckeyes because that could put too much confidence into the picture for the Buckeyes, if you know what I’m saying. Buckeyes cannot become too over confident and go into the game thinking it will be another washout. This could very well be a game that goes down to the very end. GO BUCKEYES! STAY ON YOUR GAME and BEAT THOSE HUSKERS!

  3. Martinez is clearly the best QB the Silver Bullets have seen so far. Not sure if the Buckeye defensive coaches believe in “spying” a QB, but it might be a good idea here. Also, the names Rondale and WanDale sound too similar to make me anything but cautious. Then there are the Buckeye receivers, QB Justin, J K and of course Chase, just to name a few. We have the talent. I think this year we have the staff coaching them really well. BUT, this game will be a tough one. Whoever can play fast and smart for 60 minutes will win. GO BUCKS.

  4. It’s only a matter of time before teams start doubling up on Chase, which will slow him down a bit and will temper his statistics, but it will also open up opportunities for other lineman and the occasional blitzing linebacker to get in there instead.

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