No college football player made a bigger impact in Week 9 than Ohio State defensive end Chase Young. After utterly dominating the Wisconsin offense, Young emerged from the 38-7 win with roars of support for his Heisman Trophy campaign.
Young has earned so much respect that even ESPN and SEC analyst Paul Finebaum is say he has a chance.
In an appearance on ESPN's Get Up! on Wednesday, Finebaum said he felt Young has "a tremendous chance" of winning the most prestigious award in college sports.
Finebaum called Young "the most electrifying player" in college football, even among the quarterbacks.
“I think he has a tremendous chance, especially because Ohio State is going to be on so many big stages moving forward with Penn State, with Michigan. He’s the most electrifying player right now in college football, and that’s saying a great deal with all the quarterbacks that are in the running..."
However, Finebaum did have a caveat to his statement.
He believes that Young's Ohio State teammates, RB JK Dobbins and QB Justin Fields, could ultimately take votes from him. Dobbins and Fields have both played terrific all season, and did a ton of the dirty work in that win over Wisconsin.
"His only issue: He’s got two teammates that are going to be competitors, [J.K.] Dobbins and also Justin Fields, the quarterback. And they could hurt each other. But I have a feeling that he’s the one that’s going to emerge from that team.”
No defensive player has won the Heisman Trophy since CB Charles Woodson in 1997. But even then, Woodson was a multi-way player who also got reps at wide receiver and was a dynamic kick returner.
Young has a lot to overcome if he plans on becoming the first pass rusher to win the Heisman. But if there's one player who can break through that glass ceiling, why can't it be the Ohio State superstar?