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Scarlet Sunrise: Chase Young wins yet another defensive award

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Ohio State defensive end Chase Young is piling up awards. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Chase Young wins yet another defensive award

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Chase Young wins Ted Hendricks Award

Another day, another Chase Young award.

The superstar defensive end might want to invest in a bigger trophy case, because wherever he is storing trophies and awards right now might be betting a bit full. Young received the Ted Hendricks Award on Wednesday, an honor handed out to the country’s best defensive end.

The award, which has been passed out every season since 2002, had never been won by a Buckeye until Young did it this season. He already won the Nagurski Award, the Chicago Tribune Silver Football Award and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. He likely won’t win the Heisman, but he’ll be in New York for the ceremony.

The best player in college football just keeps piling up those honors.

Want to hear more about the Heisman finalists from Ohio State? Check out Austin Ward and Heisman Trophy winner and Ohio State legend Troy Smith breaking it down:

Is Ohio State’s 2020 receiving haul top all time?

Ohio State is recruiting as well as anyone in the country. And the Buckeyes are actually recruiting better than everyone else at wide receiver, where Brian Hartline and the offensive staff are gaining one of the greatest receiving hauls in modern recruiting history.

Where does it stack up? Well, Lettermen Row recruiting guru Birm put it into perspective:

Bottom line for Ohio State? Yes, this is a pretty darn good group of receivers. But it’s not exactly out of the ordinary for top-ranked prospects at a position to get together and suit up for the same team. The receiver position is actually one where it’s more common than others because there are years when top programs need to sign three or four players together.

Go back just to the Class of 2019, Oklahoma signed three of the top-14 receivers — including the guys ranked No. 1 and No. 4 — in that group. Alabama signed four of the top-12 receivers in the Class of 2017, including three guys who have been major contributors in the last two years, Henry Ruggs, Jerry Jeudy and DaVonta Smith.

What has changed the most at Ohio State is the offense which now seems to be more focused on the passing game. That has allowed Hartline, a former NFL receiver who is as known for being a tactician on the field as he is for being a top-tier recruiter off of it, to shine.

For the full breakdown, click here.

Troy Smith breaks down Heisman finalists, Justin Fields

Justin Fields had an incredible second half of the Big Ten title game. He has had an insane three-game stretch for Ohio State. And he’s done it all on a banged up knee that forced him to wear a bulky brace he hated.

As the Fiesta Bowl against Clemson approaches and the days wind down, Fields will continue to work to get back to full strength.

But even when he isn’t 100 percent, he’s still a great player, and that showed against Wisconsin on the biggest stage.

What did that performance in the Big Ten championship prove about Fields? Is it safe to assume the Ohio State quarterback will be at the Heisman Trophy ceremony again next year also? How much more dangerous can he be with three weeks to rest for the Fiesta Bowl? Former Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith was back in the Lettermen Row film lab to break all that down and answer those questions in the latest episode of BuckIQ.

Roll the tape!

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.