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Malik Harrison

LB

Player profile

  • Height 6-3
  • Weight 240
  • Hometown Columbus, Ohio
  • Last School Walnut Ridge
  • Year Senior

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