The Ohio State football team knew they had the country’s best receiver on their roster. Marvin Harrison Jr. had shown over the past two years that he was the nation’s top receiver, even if he got screwed out of the Biletnikoff Award last season.
He couldn’t be denied this season. Harrison Jr. won the award on Friday night, becoming the first Ohio State receiver to win it since Terry Glenn won it in 1995. They are the only two Buckeye receivers to win the award. That’s how good Harrison Jr. was this year.
Harrison Jr. didn’t win the award by a lot though. He won by just a single vote. I can’t believe the vote was that close considering Harrison Jr. is a Heisman Trophy Finalist. No other receiver came close to that home this season.
Regardless, Harrison Jr. got the honor that he deserved. Whether or not he adds the Heisman remains to be seen. I don’t think he will, but I’ve been surprised with these things before. He would become the first Ohio State football player to take home the Heisman since Troy Smith in 2006.
Harrison Jr. hasn’t shut the door on returning next year yet, but I find it extremely unlikely that he comes back. He has too much to lose if he were to get hurt playing another season for the Buckeyes. I’d be absolutely floored if he decided to come back for another year.
I’m very happy for Marvin regardless. He’s had a great Ohio State football career despite what’s happened as a team in the last three years.