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Week 4: Harrison Jr. had a quiet day statistically — three receptions on seven targets for 32 yards — against Notre Dame, but Buckeyes fans are just thankful the star wideout wasn't lost for the season when his foot was rolled up upon when blocking on the edge. Harrison Jr. eventually returned to the game as Ohio State went on to win in dramatic fashion, 17-14, to stay unbeaten.
Week 3: Harrison Jr. caught a 75-yard touchdown on the fist play after Western Kentucky pulled within four points as the Buckeys prevailed 63-10. Harrison, targeted seven times, caught five for 126 yards and that one score. -- FC
Week 2: Harrison returned from the Week 1 injury scare and posted his most dominate performance of the young season in Ohio State's comfortable 35-7 win over Youngstown State. The All-American receiver caught seven balls for 160 yards (22.9 yards per catch) and two touchdowns, one of which came on the game's third play when Harrison got behind the Youngstown defense for 71-yard scoring bomb. — JH
Week 1: In Ohio State's 23-3 win over Indiana, Harrison Jr. was targeted six times and caught only two passes for 18 yards, not counting a 24-yard touchdown that was nullified by an illegal touching penalty. Harrison briefly exited the game in the second quarter with an apparent injury to his left arm or shoulder. Harrison — a presumed top 3 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft — landed on his outstretched left arm. He was reported to be "fine" after the game. He was in on 29 plays, 26 wide and three in the slot. Indiana coach Tom Allen: "He's probably the best we've gone against in my coaching career." — FC
Week 0: DNP
Based on his performance in 2022, Marvin Harrison Jr. is the best player in College Football. He has prototypical size standing at in the 6-3 to 6-4 range (Ohio State does have a tendency to inflate these numbers!), combined with 4.4 speed (estimated from GPS data), high-end hands, and outstanding route running alone make him an almost perfect prospect. If he can continue to repeat his 2022 numbers or even exceed them he'll be viewed as a player superior to even Ja'Marr Chase.
Super productive receiver who was the best receiver in the nation in 2022 despite receiving constant press coverage and often seeing double teams. An elite athlete with super soft hands and an innate knack for coming down with acrobatic catches. Supreme technician, in basic footwork, route running, and hand usage.
Played on the outside in 2022, but will be moved to the big slot in 2023 — showcasing his versatility. He will break a tackle or two; extremely competitive and will give effort as a downfield blocker.
Ideal bloodline: Dad is in the NFL Hall of Fame after a 13-year career (all with the Indianapolis Colts) in which he caught 1,102 passes for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns.
Elite athletic skills -- Made Bruce Feldman's 'Freaks List' at number 2. He wrote: "He benched 380 pounds this offseason, doing 22 reps at 225. He clocked a blistering 3.94 pro shuttle time and did 10-9 on the broad jump. He also topped out at 23 mph on the GPS.
Combines elite speed with his size, and he accelerates off the line much better than most big receivers. Elite in contested-catch situations, using his frame effectively to make plays facing the quarterback. He also shows a knack for high-pointing the ball, consistently outmuscling defensive backs.
Tracks the ball well downfield and consistently runs under long throws.His long arms allow him to play even bigger than his size, and he has a frame that can carry a little more weight. Has surprising quickness off the line. Has the rare size and quickness to get off NFL press.
Picky, picky, picky. Physically, Harrison profiles as a guy who should have success facing the quarterback, but he struggles to gear down and make the necessary sharp cuts to create separation underneath.
His cuts are aren't as sharp as you would expect given his elite athletics.
Harrison Jr. from St. Joseph's Prep High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and also handed a 4-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Harrison Jr. opted to join Ohio State after being heavily recruited. In 2021 as a freshman Harrison Jr. saw action in 12 games with no starts for the Buckeyes as he made 11 receptions for just 139 yards for an average of 12.6 yards per reception, with 3 TDs.
As a sophomore in 2022 he won the starting role as the Z receiver and broke out playing in 12 games. He made 72 catches for 1157 yards for an average of 16.1 yards per catch, with 12 TDs, and an elite QB rating when targeted of 135.5. His reception and yardage totals are each fourth all-time at Ohio State for a single season and his TD total is tied for second with David Boston (1997), trailing only Terry Glenn’s 17 in 1995.
HISTORY — from college bio
Has played in all 26 games in 2021-22 ... Has started 14 consecutive games and has caught a pass in 14 consecutive games ... Hauled in at least five passes in 12 games, including each of the final eight games of the 2022 season … Only Buckeye receiver ever to catch three TD passes in the same game on three separate occasions.
2022: First-team all-Big Ten honors … Named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award … A unanimous All-American in 2022 and Ohio State’s first ever unanimous All-American receiver … First-team All-Big Ten honors … Named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award … Selected as the Big Ten Conference’s Richter-Howard Wide Receiver of the Year as a sophomore in 2022 after catching 77 passes for 1,263 yards and 14 touchdowns … His reception and yardage totals are each fourth all-time at Ohio State for a single season and his TD total is tied for second with David Boston (1997), trailing only Terry Glenn’s 17 in 1995 … Accumulated 33 receptions for 538 yards and six TDs in five games vs. ranked opponents (vs. No. 11 Utah, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 13 Penn State, No. 3 Michigan and No. 1 Georgia) … Career-highs of 10 receptions and 185 receiving yards in road win over then No. 13 Penn State, with all 10 catches resulting in first downs … Pulled in seven passes against then No. 3 Michigan for 120 yards and a TD … Against No. 1 Georgia in the CFP semifinals, had five receptions for 106 yards and two TDs … Accumulated 33 receptions for 538 yards and six TDs in five games vs. ranked opponents … Ranked second nationally in 2022 with 52 catches of 10-or-more yards and ranked sixth with six 40-or-more yard receptions … Ranked in the Top 10 of the national leaders in touchdown catches (4th), receiving yards (6th) and yards per game (8th at 97.2)
2021: Lettered in 2021 as a true freshman after playing in all 13 games, including a start in the Rose Bowl vs. Utah … Caught 11 passes as a true freshman for 139 yards and three touchdowns. Caught six passes for 71 yards and Rose Bowl record-tying three touchdowns. One of his three TD grabs was a game-tying, five-yard score late in the fourth quarter … OSU Scholar-Athlete.
High school: A 4-star prospect out of St. Josephs Prep School in Philadelphia and the No. 91 player in the nation by 247Sports.com … Top-ranked wide receiver in the state of Pennsylvania … Finished his career with 2,625 receiving yards and 37 touchdowns, both of which were Philadelphia Catholic League records … Caught 144 career passes … Teamed with fellow 2021 Ohio State signee Kyle McCord to help St. Joseph’s win three-straight Pennsylvania 6A state championships … Had eight receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns in a state title game win over Central York … Is the son of Dawne and Marvin Harrison Sr … Father is in the NFL Hall of Fame after a 13-year career (all with the Indianapolis Colts) in which he caught 1,102 passes for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns
Son of Dawne and Marvin Harrison Sr … Father is in the NFL Hall of Fame after a 13-year career (all with the Indianapolis Colts) in which he caught 1,102 passes for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns … Marvin is an OSU Scholar-Athlete and an Academic all-Big Ten honoree who is majoring in finance … Social media: Twitter: @MarvHarrisonJr / Instagram: @marvinharrisonjr
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