Well, this is not the type of news that you want to start the day with, but on Friday, the Ohio State Buckeyes announced that Heisman Trophy contending junior defensive end Chase Young will not play this Saturday against the Maryland Terrapins. A statement released by associate athletics director and sports information director Jerry Emig said, “Ohio State’s Chase Young will not play in this Saturday’s game between the Buckeyes and the Maryland Terrapins due to a possible NCAA issue from 2018 that the Department of Athletics is looking into.”
There is no further word on if Young will be held out for the rest of the season, or what the nature of the potential violation might have been. With the Buckeyes playing Maryland this Saturday, and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights next week, Young’s presence likely won’t be necessary to win, but if he is out for the rest of the team’s games this year, it would be a huge blow down the stretch.
We will provide more information as it becomes available.
With Young now out, that means that true freshman Zach Harrison or red-shirt freshman Javontae Jean-Baptiste will start at his position, while Tyreke Smith or Tyler Friday will start at the other end spot as Jonathon Cooper has been ruled out again.
Additionally, players ruled out for the game against the Terps are wide receiver Kamryn Babb, defensive tackle Noah Donald, wide receiver Elijah Gardiner, tight end Cormontae Hamilton, safety Ronnie Hickman, H-back C.J. Saunders, and defensive tackle Taron Vincent.
Wide receiver Austin Mack and linebacker Teradja Mitchell will both be game-time decisions.
Check out the full depth chart for Ohio State’s game against Wisconsin: