Chris Olave


Player profile

  • Height 6-1
  • Weight 188
  • Hometown San Marcos, Calif.
  • Last School Mission Hills
  • Year Junior

Ohio State Overview
• Blossomed into one of the Big Ten and nation’s top wide receivers as a true sophomore in 2019, finishing as the team leader in receiving yards (849), yards per catch (17.3) and touchdowns (12)
• Member of the 2020 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List
• Caught at least one pass in 13 of 14 games during the 2019 season
• Made his mark on special teams, too, blocking a punt vs. Indiana
• Was a third-team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media
• Had a career-high 139 yards receiving on four catches against Rutgers
• Hauled in two TD receptions versus Northwestern, Wisconsin and Miami (Ohio)
• Caught a critical 28-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of a 28-17 Big Ten East Division clinching win over Penn State
• Named a champion a team-high 11 times in 2019 and was the Player of the Game following a win over Miami (Ohio)
• Was a difference-maker as a true freshmen for the Buckeyes in 2018, making a name for himself as a big-play wide receiver and on special teams
• After catching two passes over the first nine games, Olave hauled in 10 catches for 178 yards and three touchdowns in the final five contests
• On one of the biggest stages in college football, Olave caught two touchdowns and blocked a punt that led to a touchdown in the 62-39 win over No. 4 Michigan
• A week later in the Big Ten championship game, Olave had a career-high five catches for 79 yards and a TD to help the Buckeyes defeat No. 21 Northwestern, 45-24
• He finished the year with a final stat line of 12 catches for 197 yards, three touchdowns and a 14.1 yards-per-catch average

Notable Note
• Olave’s 12 touchdown receptions in 2019 is tied for the fourth most in a single-season, matching Parris Campbell in 2018 and Devin Smith in 2014.
• Olave’s 17.1 yards-per-reception career average is 12th best in program history, tied with Johnnie Dixon (2015-18; minimum 50 career catches)

Honors & Awards
2019: Third Team All-Big Ten (coaches and media)

More on Chris
• Olave earned a four-star rating from 247Sports and finished his high school career in record-breaking fashion as he caught 93 passes for a San Diego Section-record 1,764 yards and 26 touchdowns
• Played for head coach Chris Hauser
• Ranked as the nation’s No. 54 wide receiver by 247Spsorts.com
• A three-sport athlete who also played basketball and ran track, Olave has run a 10.8 100-meter dash and has long jumped 23-feet, six inches
• Caught 12 passes for 150 yards and a TD for Mission Hills in the San Diego Section Open Division championship game
• Hauled in TD catches of 82 and 18 yards to go along with a 60-yard punt return TD in the quarterfinal round
• Sat out his junior season after transferring to Mission Hills from Eastlake High School
• Is the son of LaCausha and Raul Olave