Chase Young deserves credit for filling a giant void on the Ohio State defense, at least initially.
One week after the Buckeyes suddenly lost defensive end Nick Bosa to injury in the third game of the season, Young stepped up and fulfilled the promise many saw in him when he signed a year earlier. He delivered huge plays in a come-from-behind win at Penn State, including a tackle for loss on the Nittany Lions’ last snap.
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Since then, there has been somewhat of a lull, including him being in on just one tackle — a shared sack with fellow end Jonathan Cooper — in the loss at Purdue a week ago.
But one thing hasn’t diminished, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said during this off week for the Buckeyes, and that is Young’s potential. He said to keep in mind that Young is a sophomore. If the propensity is to compare him with Bosa, then compare him with Bosa as a sophomore, he said.
“The thing with Nick (this year) is he did what he was supposed to do, and he did it very well almost every time. That’s the aim as you develop (a player),” Schiano said. “Nick didn’t do that when he had Chase’s level of experience, so we’re chasing that, for sure. And we’ll get there.”
The effort is there, Schiano said, and he expects the savvy to continue to grow in the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Young.
“Even before Nick got injured, I thought Chase was playing at a high level,” Schiano said. “He’s a guy who hasn’t had a ton of (game) reps, so he’s learning as he goes as well. But he’s physically very gifted and has made some really good things happen out there on the field.”
He showed that against Penn State. And he has had some other standout moments in the three games since, just not with the force he delivered against the Nittany Lions.
“As part of the bigger picture, if we can make that happen more consistently, watch out,” Schiano said. “Because he is a special athlete.”