Marvin Harrison Ohio State Buckeyes Receiver

Fulton Analysis: Systematic

Ohio State put together its most complete offensive performance this season with the return of wide receivers Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Julian Fleming—while having several defensive miscues in implementing Jim Knowles’ plan to defend a mobile quarterback—in Ohio State’s 77-21 win over Toledo.

Ryan Day again demonstrated his renewed commitment to reducing the Buckeyes’ tendencies by formation and protecting Ohio State’s base run plays. This began from the outset against Toledo by using dropback or mid-zone RPO outs or hitch routes (as below) to exploit a common tactic of Buckeye opponents—soft corner coverage to protect aggressive safety play against the run.

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