Buckeyes' Chase Young suspended vs. Rutgers, then can return

JK Dobbins Ohio State Buckeyes Running Back

JK Dobbins Ohio State Buckeyes Running Back

Ohio State announced the day before its game with Maryland that Young would be held out amid concerns he violated NCAA rules by taking a loan a year ago from someone he describes as a "family friend" for living expenses.

He will serve the second game of a two-game suspension this weekend when the Buckeyes face the Scarlet Knights.

Ohio State star defensive lineman Chase Young will miss one more game for an NCAA rules violation before returning next week against Penn State, the team announced Wednesday. The fact that Young repaid the loan, however, is expected to work in his favor. In eight games, the junior has compiled 29 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks. However, OSU will have Young available when it closes out its season against No. 9 Penn State in Columbus on November 23 and in Ann Arbor against No. 14 MI on November 30.

Here is the full release from Ohio State. Young will also miss Ohio State's November 16 game against Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J.

Young last played October 26 against Wisconsin and had a performance that thrust him into the Heisman Trophy conversation.

"I want to thank and express my honest gratitude to university staff members who worked so diligently and expertly to learn and understand the facts, and then to report these facts to the NCAA as part of our request to have Chase reinstated", Gene Smith, Ohio State Senior Vice President and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director, said. "This is the example of the culture of compliance we have at Ohio State", Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement.

"I also want to commend Chase Young and let him know how proud we are of him", Smith said. He's a team captain and a leader and most importantly, a Buckeye.

Ohio State had made a request for immediate reinstatement with the NCAA, including asking for a decision to be expedited. Young, a surefire top-five pick in the National Football League draft, burst into the Heisman conversation when he had six tackles, five tackles for loss and four sacks in Ohio State's win over Wisconsin.

That means Ohio State will have him for both the home Penn State game and then again for the MI game in Ann Arbor.

Ohio State plays on Rutgers at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at SHI Stadium.

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