The Ohio State Buckeyes look a bit more mortal at the moment. After allegations of receiving a personal loan, Ohio State has decided to sit star DE Chase Young as they await further word from the NCAA, making him unavailable to play this Saturday against Maryland. So here are three Buckeyes defenders that must step up in his place.
3. Jeff Okudah
The Ohio State CB is also expected to be a top-10 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft alongside Young. He's had a nice season so far, recording three interceptions and one forced fumble, but will need to lead the secondary in the absence of Young and the Buckeyes' typically-dominant pass rush.
2. Jordan Fuller
Fuller has been consistent all year, recording 30 solo tackles and two interceptions. But he now has more responsibility than ever before with OSU's pass rush missing a key player. Maryland (and others if Young misses extensive time) will look to take advantage of the Buckeyes secondary. Fuller must be ready.
1. Malik Harrison
With Young out, Malik Harrison will be asked to provide not only a leadership role, but also a boost in the pass rush. Behind Young, Harrison is second on the team with 3.5 sacks. The Buckeyes will have to bring pressure from sources other than just their defensive line. Expect Harrison to come up big.