Before a play in the third quarter of Saturday’s game, Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. lines up across from Michigan State cornerback Chester Kimbrough. Keeran, Joshua | The GazetteNUCLEUS — Superlatives are running short when describing Marvin Harrison Jr., the incredible junior receiver who is dominating almost every defence he faces. Harrison became the first player in Ohio State history to record consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons on Saturday, when he recorded his seventh 100-yard receiving game of the year.


Harrison participated in the run game as well, scoring his first rushing touchdown on a 19-yard end-around on Ohio State’s opening drive. He scored three touchdowns in all that evening, including two receiving touchdowns in the first


given the lopsided score, being pulled at halftime.

Without a doubt, Harrison is one of the best players in the nation, period, and he will almost certainly be invited to New York City to compete for the Heisman Trophy. His chances of winning the prize are still uncertain, and history is not in his favour. Only three recipients—Desmond Howard, Devonta Smith, and Tim Brown—have brought home any of the 88 trophies that were given out.


However, Harrison’s schedule still includes a chance to pad stats against struggling Minnesota the following week and a huge stage at Michigan to end the regular season that would allow him to make his case to the entire nation. However, even though the Heisman discussion won’t end anytime soon,Harrison refuses to be seduced by the increasing fervour.


Harrison stated after the game on Saturday, “I just want to beat the team up north and go to the Big Ten Championship (Game).” “Those were the two goals I had before the season even started, and I’ve been saying that all year.” But I’m appreciative that I’m in the discussion at all. However, there is still a lot of football to be played, so all I can do is try to contribute to the team’s victory.

Harrison, who has always been modest, may not be open to discussing his own Heisman Trophy campaign, but his teammates and coaches aren’t holding back when endorsing him as a deserving contender.


After the game, quarterback Kyle McCord remarked, “I can’t really quantify how impactful he is to this offence.” In one-on-one matches, he clearly prevails. When someone wants to double him and he has two defenders with him, there are times when someone is open. He is also proficient at blocking. He simply contributes so much to the offence.


“I believe I mentioned this a month ago, but he needs to be in the running if the Heisman Trophy is actually awarded to the best player.”

Ryan Day, the head coach of Ohio State, agreed with McCord when he said that the Heisman Trophy should be considered more than just a numerical honour. He did, however, assert that the offence cannot become bogged down in attempting to press Harrison for production at the expense of the team’s general effectiveness.

“That’s not the player with the most stats; that award goes to the most outstanding player,” Day declared. Despite only playing half the game, he had a significant impact on it thanks to his three touchdowns (two receiving and one running). However, we make an effort to ignore that and concentrate only on what presents us with the best chance to advance the ball down the field.


The truth is that, considering Harrison’s current value to the offence, Day probably doesn’t need to go above and beyond to find him more production. Finding new ways to get the ball into Harrison’s hands will be crucial to Ohio State’s chances of going undefeated during the regular season, as demonstrated by the rushing touchdown in the first quarter. Day and his offensive coaching staff are constantly searching for innovative ways to achieve this.

Harrison is more than capable of doing whatever Day and offensive coordinator Brian Hartline can come up with to get the ball to him because of his dynamic skill set, which goes far beyond just being able to catch passes. But don’t count on Harrison ever tossing the ball in that.

When facetiously asked if that had ever been taken into account, Day grinned and responded, “I think we’re going to leave him to catch.” He wasn’t the best thrower, but he could manage it okay. To see if he could pull it off, I would have to examine it. However, he does a fantastic job catching.