While the latest buzz in the college football world is trending toward Ohio State edge defender Chase Young, the question arose of which players are also in need of praise through nine weeks of the 2019 season. While the skill players (quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends) get the glory in terms of national praise, there are eight other position groups that play just as hard with little to no recognition.
With that in mind, we hit the Pro Football Focus database to showcase those players who are standing out not only at their respective non-skill positions but also among all players across the nation.
1. Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
The right to be called the top non-offensive skill player in the country belongs to Young simply because he's the top player in the country, no matter the moniker. Young is not only getting home with the sacks that get the general box score fan excited, he's coming with constant pressure and winning an astounding percentage of his pass rushes. He's at the top of the food chain when it comes to pass rush win rate, defeating the opposing offensive lineman in front of him on 32.1% of his pass-rushing snaps through nine weeks, what would be a PFF record if he continues that pace. He's gotten home with 37 total pressures this year, on just 158 pass-rushing snaps. His pressure rate of 23.4% speaks to just how effective he has been when rushing the passer while he's also chipped in with five stops in run defense without a single missed tackle in the run game. A true talent along the edge, Young has proven himself to not only be the top non-offensive player in the country but the best player in college football, and perhaps in the discussion for one of the best ever.