Chase Young clarifies TMZ comment

Joey Kaufman
Ohio State defensive end Chase Young answers a question from the media during a pre-announcement news conference of Heisman Trophy finalists at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Brian Ciancio/TNS)

NEW YORK – Speaking with reporters before the Heisman Trophy ceremony on Saturday night, Chase Young clarified that he had no plan about whether to return for his senior season at Ohio State.

Young, the Buckeyes' star pass rusher, was approached the previous day by a TMZ cameraman while walking through Times Square with his family.

“Are you going back to school?” the cameraman asked.

“That's the plan” Young shot back in response.

The exchange garnered attention on social media and message boards after it was first published by the celebrity gossip website early Saturday morning.

“That moment was just a real spontaneous moment,” Young said. “It caught me off-guard. But I'm not really worried about anything in the future. I'm just worried about beating Clemson.”

After three seasons in college, Young will be eligible to enter the NFL draft and forgo his senior season. He is expected to be a possible top-three selection should he declare.

The deadline for early entree for the 2020 draft is Jan. 20.

Young was in New York to attend the Heisman Trophy ceremony as one of four finalists, along with his teammate, quarterback Justin Fields, a sophomore.

The Buckeyes will face Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl in the College Football Playoff semifinal on Dec. 28.


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