Five Ohio State football players who have defined the Ryan Day era so far

Ryan Day has been the head coach of the Ohio State basketball program since 2019. He has his own era now. Here are the five players he's had who have defined it so far.
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2. Marvin Harrison Jr.

The best receiver that Ryan Day has ever coached is Marvin Harrison Jr. He was an insane player all three years that he played for the Buckeyes. While he didn't play a lot in 2021, that Rose Bowl is something he was able to get momentum from and build on.

Harrison Jr. caught three touchdowns in that game. and propelled that into a fantastic 2022 season. With Stroud as his quarterback, he was incredible. He was the best player on the field in the Peach Bowl against Georgia before a dirty hit took him out of that game.

With Kyle McCord as his quarterback last season, he still had over 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was able to be a true weapon despite not having a good QB throwing him the ball. Harrison Jr. was the primary offensive weapon a year ago and the best one they had.

Like Stroud, Harrison Jr. never beat Michigan. There were rumors that he almost didn't enter the Draft this year because he wanted to come back and get that done. Instead, he decided to enter and he was the fourth overall pick in April's Draft to the Arizona Cardinals.

While Harrison Jr. has started out his NFL career as a distraction, his college career was undeniably awesome. He has come to symbolize the great receivers Day has been able to have on his roster thanks to Brian Hartline. He has by far been the best hire that Day has made.

The final player on this list is still on the team and is the leader of perhaps the best defense in college football.