It is damn near impossible for a defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy. Ohio State defensive end Chase Young seems to be inserting his name into the conversation though.
This afternoon, Young absolutely obliterated the Wisconsin offense. He finished the day with six tackles (five for loss) and four sacks, along with a pair of forced fumbles.
For the season, Young has 15.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks. He's forced five fumbles and blocked a kick as well.
Fox Sports' Joel Klatt tweeted this afternoon that Young absolutely needs to be in consideration for the most prestigious award in college football.
"He is the most dominant player in the sport right now," Klatt said.
Ohio State (8-0) technically has three players in the Heisman mix right now: Young, running back J.K. Dobbins and quarterback Justin Fields. Oklahoma's loss and Tua Tagovailoa's injury have also thrown a wrinkle in the race for the trophy.
The odds are still against Young--or any other non-quarterback--winning the award. What he's doing is absolutely remarkable though, and he's making his case to at least being invited to New York City for the Heisman Trophy ceremony in December.