The Ohio State football team might not be playing for a national championship this season because they lost to TTUN, but they still got some good news on Monday. That news is that Marvin Harrison Jr. was named a Heisman Trophy Finalist.
Harrison Jr. becomes the first receiver in Ohio State football history to be a Heisman Finalist. He was clearly the best player the Buckeyes had all year long. He finished the season with 67 catches for 1,211 yards and 14 touchdowns. Harrison Jr. was the best offensive weapon on the field in every game he played.
Harrison Jr. is one of four Heisman finalists this year and is the only non-quarterback. The other finalists are Bo Nix out of Oregon, Michael Penix Jr. out of Washington, and Jayden Daniels from LSU. All of those quarterbacks had excellent seasons as well.
While I think that Harrison Jr. is the best player in the country, I don’t think that he will win the award. This has historically been a quarterback award for the guy on the best team. Daniels has a statistical argument that might allow him to take home the Heisman.
Since Harrison Jr.’s team isn’t in the College Football Playoff, he doesn’t have the team success that would give him the extra push he needs. If the Buckeyes had beaten TTUN, they would have been the number-one team in the country. Harrison Jr. would’ve been the best player on the best team.
In any case, this is an achievement that Harrison Jr. should be proud of. I hope he surprises everyone and takes home the Heisman Trophy.