Ohio State could become the first team in Big Ten history with three 1,000-yard receivers
COLUMBUS, Ohio – It took Jaxon Smith-Njigba 10 games to accomplish what only five other wide receivers had done in the 131-year history of Ohio State football.
Soon, however, he figures to have company in the group of players to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a season. Because Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave have reservations in the exclusive club and, powered by the nation’s most explosive offense, they figure to be there sooner rather than later.
Smith-Njigba, the youngest player in the group as a true sophomore and a first-year starter, currently leads the team in receptions (59), receiving yards (1,027) and yards per catch (17.4). In the last two weeks, he has put up video game type numbers: 24 catches, 379 yards and two touchdowns.
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Wilson and Olave each have over 50 receptions and figure to surpass the 1,000-yard receiving mark in the next two-to-four weeks, based on statistical projections. Wilson is 187 yards short while Olave needs 292 yards. If it happens, it will mark the first time in Big Ten history that a team has featured three 1,000-yard receivers, and just the sixth time in FBS history.
🎥 Wilson Four TDs. vs. Purdue
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What makes the 2021 version of the Buckeyes different, though, is how they’re compiling the yardage. Or maybe more specifically, how many are getting a piece of the pie. Ohio State is on pace to have a 4,000-yard passer, three 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher. The balance this high-powered offense possesses is almost unmatched. In fact, of the five team previously to have three 1,000-yard receivers, only one – Tulsa in 2007 – also had a 1,000-yard rusher.
For now, the Smith-Njigba-Wilson-Olave trio will continue to rewrite the Buckeye record books. Olave needs two more touchdowns to set the career record, breaking a 23-year-old record of 34 set by David Boston in 1998. He’s tied for the lead nationally with 11 TD catches, followed closely behind by Wilson, who has nine. Smith-Njigba etched his name in the record book two weeks ago, catching a school-record 15 passes in a win over Nebraska.
🎥 Olave speeds in for six vs. Akron
And don’t forget about redshirt freshman QB C.J. Stroud, who has 30 TD passes, or freshman RB TreVeyon Henderson, who surpassed the 1,000-yard mark last Saturday. Because perhaps the best way to describe Ohio State’s offense in 2021 is simple: balanced.