Paul Finebaum, Marcus Spears disagree on Heisman chances for Ohio State's Chase Young
Paul Finebaum has hopped aboard the “Chase Young for Heisman” train. Maybe he’s not picketing outside the home of every voter just yet, but the SEC Network radio host believes the Ohio State defensive end has a real shot to bring the award home.
On Wednesday, Finebaum joined the Get Up! crew on ESPN, where he talked about Young’s chances to win the Heisman Trophy. After a four-sack, two-forced fumble performance against Wisconsin last Saturday, the Buckeye lineman has been the talk across college football.
Even Finebaum has been impressed by his success.
“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,” Finebaum said. “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. But he’s on a team that looks like the most complete. He also got an endorsement from LeBron James, which carries a little bit of weight in the world. 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.”
Young has leaped into the top five in Heisman odds this week, and ranks third on ESPN’s updated Heisman Watch. All three Buckeyes Finebaum mentioned are listed in the top seven.
Currently, Young leads college football with 13.5 sacks and has piled up 15.5 tackles for loss. He’s also forced five fumbles and blocked a field goal this year.
Despite all those accomplishments, Marcus Spears doesn’t believe Young has a legitimate shot to win college football’s most prestigious individual award.
“Hell naw, ain’t no D-end winning the Heisman. Y’all know the truth,” Spears responded. “Chase Young is the best player in college football and Chase young is probably only concerned with his name being called first when that NFL Draft shows up, which it should be called first because he’s a dynamic player and a game changer. But this is a quarterback trophy. Let’s be honest. I’m not a Heisman voter, so it may sound like I’m a little bitter because of that, but I really don’t care about it. Joe Burrow, Justin Fields, Jalen Hurts, it’ll be one of those three guys.”
There’s only been one primary defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy, Michigan’s Charles Woodson, who hoisted the awarded in 1997. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o was the most recent defensive player to have a legitimate chance to claim the honor.
Regardless of what Spears thinks, it seems that many have taken notice of Young’s ability to impact the game. It’s almost a guarantee that Young is invited to the ceremony. But will he do enough to hold the trophy at the end of the year?