Ryan Day had a lot of things to be concerned about with Ohio State’s offense after Week 1. That included a subdued performance from star wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr.

When it was all said and done, Harrison finished the season opener with 2 catches for 18 yards and avoided serious injury after a nasty fall. That is not what fans were expecting from a player with some of the best Heisman odds for a non-QB entering the season. Ohio State fans looking to take part in those odds can use our special Caesars Ohio promo code to get in on the action.

During his Tuesday press conference, Day admitted the team did target Harrison 8 times and called on other Buckeyes to step up if the WR is limited by the defense:

“I think it was 8 targets and there were a couple of other things we had designed where they took him away, which is gonna happen,” said Day. “And then that’s where guys like Cade (Stover) and Julian (Fleming) are gonna have to step up because that is going to happen this season.”

To his credit, Stover did step up with a team-high 98 yards on 5 catches in the win. Day also outlined how a touchdown for Harrison that was called back and a couple of missed opportunities could have changed the perception of the overall performance.

“We’re gonna continually find ways to get creative and try and get him the ball, and I thought we did do that. We targeted him some. If we connect on a few of those and (the) touchdown, a few of those, you probably feel a bit different coming out of the game,” Day explained. “…You just gotta make sure everything’s efficient, everything’s thought out but teams are gonna take him away, too. So when that happens, that’s part of where other guys have to step up.”

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