Marvin Harrison Jr. could line up in multiple spots across OSU's formation in 2023, per Ryan Day
Marvin Harrison Jr. burst onto the scene in 2022 as one of the best wide receivers in all of college football. Though he missed out on the Biletnikoff Award, Harrison is primed for another massive season with Ryan Day’s offense.
On Saturday, the head coach for Ohio State also addressed the possibility of Harrison lining up across the formation this season. Day admitted Harrison is getting more work in the slot and it’s something the Buckeyes could utilize during the season.
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According to Day, Harrison in the slot is “a whole different deal” for defenses to consider. Working in the slot also helps Harrison work on his route tree per Day.
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#Buckeyes HC Ryan Day on putting WR Marvin Harrison Jr. in the slot more:
“It’s a whole different deal with him inside. And they have to, on defense, decide how they want to double him. It also helps with his route tree. … It’s a good thing to help him in his progression.”
— Andy Backstrom (@andybackstrom) April 1, 2023
Paul’s take on Ohio State’s WRs for 2023
Ohio State continues to have a wealth of talent at receiver, returning Harrison and fellow 1,000-yard receiver Emeka Egbuka to lead the position in 2023. The big difference this season is the Buckeyes will have a new starter with CJ Stroud heading to the NFL.
Lining up Harrison in the slot every now and then is shrewd for a number of reasons but would certainly produce mismatches against the defense. Providing mismatches for a player like Harrison would certainly provide an easy safety valve and go-to option for a young QB in their first season as a starter.