Ryan Day tackles idea of specific number of targets for Marvin Harrison Jr.
Ryan Day has one of the best players in the country on his roster and a game-wrecking offensive performer in Marvin Harrison Jr. Ohio State’s superstar wideout is on a particularly impressive streak entering Week 10, but Day says there is not a specific number of targets the team tries to get to Harrison.
Following Wednesday’s practice, Day met with the media and said the team certainly makes sure that Harrison and other key players are featured within the offense. However, the overall number of plays depends on what the defense is showing.
“I would think if you would ask a receiver they would say there’s never too many (targets). They always want the ball. You always want to make sure they’re featured in the offense,” said Day. “What is that number? I think it’s different based on what you’re seeing defensively, what the opponent is doing. But that’s why we spend so much time game planning trying to figure out how that all shakes out, how all the pieces come together.”
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To prove his point, Day said the team had a number of plays designed to go to the tight end against Wisconsin. However, that didn’t play into a big game for Cade Stover as he did not record a catch vs. the Badgers.
“And then sometimes you may design it a certain way. For instance, last week we had several plays designed to go to the TE that didn’t quite work out that way,” Day explained. “A lot of plays we have are with key personnel in mind.”
While Ohio State is not going to try and force the issue, there’s no denying Harrison is a focal point for the offense. The WR is riding a 4-game streak with at least 100+ yards receiving and 1 touchdown entering Week 10. We’ll see if he can add another 100-yard outing in the game against Rutgers.