Buckeye DE Chase Young putting together highest grade ever recorded at PFF
Pro Football Focus does an amazing job at grading every single player on every single play for every single game. Impressive, right?
Each week, players are given grades based on how they performed. Again, this is based on every play. PFF has been doing this since 2014 for college football and plenty of outstanding pass-rushers have been graded over the years.
Guys like Nick Bosa, Myles Garrett and Josh Allen stand out. All three of those players, from Ohio State, Texas A&M and Kentucky, respectively, are in the top-five in terms of overall grades for a season.
On Friday, Mike Renner of PFF wrote about Ohio State’s Chase Young and what he is doing. To keep it simple, Young is putting together the best season from a pass-rusher ever (since the grading began in 2014):
“Ohio State junior defensive end Chase Young is doing things we’ve never seen in our six years of grading college football players at Pro Football Focus,” he wrote. “And he’s changing games in a way we’ve never seen in all our years of watching college football. Let us explain.
“Young is already a top-three prospect on every 2020 NFL Draft Board in the country, posting 9.5 sacks (tied for first in the FBS) and forcing three fumbles through seven games. He is arguably the biggest reason for the Ohio State’s defensive transformation this season. And in a 2020 draft class dominated by offense, Young looks like the most polished pass-rusher in years.”
As it stands, Young’s grade is at 96.4. The highest ever in a single season was Allen, in 2018 at Kentucky, with a 94.4.
Again, what Young is doing is incredible, leading the country in sacks (9.5) while forcing three fumbles through seven games. Is he the sole reason why the Buckeyes have been so dominant in 2019? Not quite.
But is he a big reason for the defensive turnaround in particular?
You can read Renner’s entire piece, which includes the top-10 grades ever here (ESPN subscription).