Ohio State Overview: Malik Harrison is a top linebacker and one of the key defensive players on the team … a true senior, he has played in 39 games the past three seasons and started 14 times, including 13 starts for the 2018 Big Ten and Rose Bowl champion Buckeyes … enters his senior season second on the team in career tackles with 130 and solo tackles with 87 … Harrison tied for the team lead in tackles in 2018 with 81, including 8.5 tackles-for-losses totaling 31 yards … named honorable mention all-Big Ten by the league’s coaches and media … he recorded a key interception in the win over No. 15 TCU and recovered a fumble in the overtime victory over Maryland … had three double digit talking games: 10 at Purdue, including a career-high nine solo tackles; a career-high 13 vs. Nebraska and 10 vs. Northwestern … Harrison contributed 36 tackles as a sophomore in 2017 when he played in all 14 games and started in the win over Michigan State … played in 12 of the Buckeyes’ 13 games as a true freshman … he is an OSU Scholar-Athlete majoring in human development and family science.
Honors and Awards
2018: Honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference (coaches and media)
2016: OSU Scholar-Athlete
More on Malik: Harrison, who announced his decision to attend Ohio State on national signing day, was a three-year starting quarterback for coach Byron Mattox at Walnut Ridge High School … he played strong safety on defense and punted as well in high school, and he came to Ohio State with the reputation of playing anywhere on the field … he was ranked by Rivals as the No. 44 athlete nationally and the No. 23 overall player in Ohio … Scout listed Harrison as the No. 2 athlete in Ohio and No. 6 in the Midwest … he had a fine senior year in which he passed for 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 897 yards and 15 scores … he also had 40 tackles, including five quarterback sacks, and was named third-team Associated Press Division II all-state and all-Central District … in 2014 he passed for 1,100 yards, rushed for 1,087 and had 15 rushing touchdowns and seven passing … helped Walnut Ridge to its first basketball state tournament since 1971 in 2014-15 by averaging 14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds for a 21-4 team …was honorable mention all-state in basketball and second-team all-Central District … Harrison is the son of Donetta and Charles Harrison.
HARRISON’S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS
YEAR G-GS UA A TOT TFL YD SCK PBU
2016 12-0 10 3 13 1.0 3 1.0 0
2017 14-1 22 14 36 3.0 20 2.0 1
2018 13-13 55 26 81 8.5 31 2.5 4
TOT 39-14 87 43 130 12.5 54 5.5 5