Defensive end Chase Young, the best player on one of the best teams in college football, Ohio State, will not play This particular weekend as the university investigates possible N.C.A.A. violations.
Young will sit “due to a possible N.C.A.A. issue coming from 2018 which the Department of Athletics can be looking into,” the school said in a statement on Friday.
Young, a junior, released his own statement on Twitter, suggesting the violation had to do that has a loan.
“I made a mistake last year by accepting a loan coming from a family friend I’ve known since the summer before my freshman year at OSU,” Young wrote. “I repaid This particular in full last summer in addition to I’m working with the University in addition to NCAA to get back on the field as soon as possible.”
The school did not provide more details about the issue, in addition to the N.C.A.A. declined to comment. This particular was not immediately clear whether Young’s suspension would likely continue after This particular weekend.
Ohio State can be 8-0 in addition to emerged as the No. 1 team from the initial College Football Playoff rankings This particular week. Their perfect record includes victories over strong Michigan State in addition to Wisconsin teams.
Ohio State meets Maryland on Saturday, a game in which the Buckeyes are favored by 43 points. After playing another weak team, Rutgers, on Nov. 16, O.S.U. faces a real test against Penn State on Nov. 23. Penn State was ranked No. 4 by the initial rankings, ahead of Clemson, the reigning champion.
Ohio State concludes its regular season against archrival Michigan on Nov. 30.
Young has 15½ tackles for a loss on the season in addition to 13½ sacks, which leads the country. A junior, he can be widely supposed to be a top three N.F.L. draft choice after the season. He also has been talked up as a Heisman Trophy candidate, a rare accolade for a defensive player (the award often goes to quarterbacks).
At 6-foot-6 in addition to 270-pounds, Young has become known as the Predator for his fearsome pass rushing.
Billy Witz contributed reporting.