In what started as a normal Friday morning, a bombshell was dropped on the college football and NFL Draft world. As first reported by Lettermen Row, Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young is facing a suspension and has officially been ruled out for the teams contest against Maryland on Saturday.
Young is coming off a record-tying performance against Wisconsin where he recorded six total tackles, five tackles for loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles. Arguably sitting near the top of most Heisman Trophy ballots, the school has officially confirmed the report:
“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,” a school statement said.
How does this effect his draft status though?
It's still unclear on exactly what Young is being suspended for, but it is a matter that is NCAA related and a possible infraction from 2018. Rumors have already began to surface, but it would be unfair to speculate on the actual details of the occurrence.
Young already became the first Buckeye since Mike Vrabel to record double digit sacks in at least two seasons and he was on pace to potentially surpass his school record (36.0). Sitting at 27.5 sacks, depending on the final ruling of his suspension and if its lifted, he may still have a chance to reach the record, but for now the questions still remain with the superstar rusher.
In previous years, we have seen examples of top talents become troubled with the NCAA. In 2010, while at Georgia, A.J. Green was suspended by the NCAA for four games for selling a bowl jersey for $1,000 to someone who qualifies as an agent. Todd Gurley was also suspended in 2014 for accepting $3,000 to autograph memorabilia for multiple dealers. Both still managed to be selected in the top-10.
If Young never plays another down in an Ohio State uniform, it most likely will not have an effect on his draft status, but at the NFL Combine, he will face some questions about the situation from teams wanting to know exactly what happened.
Regardless, Young is still considered the top talent in the country and will still sit firmly at the top of most NFL draft boards in April. The unforeseen situation and suspension as a result of the latest NCAA findings will be one that he has to answer, but his draft status will remain unfazed as a result.