LINCOLN — In a word, “active.”
That’s how Nebraska offensive line coach Greg Austin described Ohio State’s defensive line, anchored by defensive end Chase Young, who has seven sacks this season and is likely to be a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft.
“Good get-off, very, very savvy player, has a lot of snaps under his belt, he’s learned from some of the best,” Austin said of 6-foot-5, 265-pound Young, who played behind Nick Bosa — the second overall pick in the 2019 draft — at times last season. “He’s a good player and he’s going to find a way.”
Young has a better motor as a junior, Austin said, than he did as a sophomore. More edge, more activity.
Ohio State’s scheme also tries to create one-on-one matchups that Buckeye linemen can win. Nebraska’s linemen need to be aware of that while simultaneously polishing their play.
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“We have to work on ourselves, because, at the end of the day, every opponent is nameless, faceless,” Austin said. “We don’t want to look at them like, ‘Oh, my gosh, they’re so worthy and great.’ You prepare for them like you prepare for anybody else.”
Offensive coordinator Troy Walters also praised Young and the rest of the OSU defense Wednesday.
“They probably have five or six first- or second-round (NFL draft) picks on that defense,” Walters said.
The Buckeyes give up nine points per game and 222 total yards. Teams average 1.7 yards per carry through four games,
“It really starts up front,” Walters said. “They’ve got some creatures up front with size and strength and athletic, so they can rush the passer, they can create havoc in the run game.
“Linebackers are fast-flow guys. Secondary guys are gonna get up in your face, press you, not let you get off the line of scrimmage. So across the board they’re an excellent defense. We got our work cut out for us.”
And of Young: “He’s a special kid. He can rush the passer, he can be disruptive in the run game, so you’ve gotta make sure that you put bodies on him. You gotta make sure you account for him in the pass protections, and know where he’s at because he can disrupt the game.”
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