Ohio State DE Chase Young looks ready to make leap to stardom
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Who improves more this year, Dobbins or Young?
— eddi vulić 🌈 (@zidaya) May 23, 2018
Based on how much he played last season, Chase Young probably has the upper hand in which one will improve more. It will be hard for J.K. Dobbins to significantly improve on his 1,400 rushing yards as a freshman, especially if Mike Weber is healthy and getting carries. That’s not to say he won’t be a better and more refined player, but Young has more to gain and probably has a higher ceiling.
Young also has a great blueprint, as fellow Ohio State defensive ends Joey and Nick Bosa made huge leaps from their freshman to sophomore season after flashing elite potential as first-year players. Defensive line coach Larry Johnson said the best way to ensure success for budding stars is to make sure they’re brought along consistently and develop their technique instead of relying purely on athleticism.
“With young players, you want to make sure they are not growing too fast,” Johnson said. “When you grow too fast, you miss the technique part of it. My job with Chase is make sure [he doesn’t] use athleticism to win every play. That was the biggest focus going into spring ball, to make sure he has enough tools in his tool belt to use when he faces a really great offensive tackle. That is the biggest challenge for him.”
Johnson said there’s plenty of room for Young to grow and that he’ll have opportunities with his snap count increasing from around 20 plays a game last season to far more in 2018. He’s spent the offseason improving his technique, which should be a terrifying thought for opposing offensive linemen.
“Once you get the development, you get the tool box and understand what we do to rush the passer and you get all those things in your tool box, now you can go out and use those things because you feel comfortable using them,” Johnson said.
“Chase is learning as he goes, trying to figure out, ‘What is my go-to move?’ To be able to do that on the spot, that is the progress. Joey, he got it and the next year, it was done. He knew his tool box and what it was, and that’s what makes the difference.”
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