Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Julian Fleming anticipated to play for Ohio State

The No. 3-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes are anticipated to be absolutely wholesome on the offensive aspect of the ball heading into their Week 3 matchup towards Toledo, and that’s a scary thought for the remainder of the faculty soccer universe.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who suffered a hamstring damage within the Buckeyes’ Week 1 win over Notre Dame, is anticipated to make his return to the sphere after lacking the crew’s matchup towards Arkansas State final weekend. The preseason All-American wideout led Ohio State with 95 catches and 1,606 receiving yards in 2021.

“He’s further along than he was at this point last week,” OSU head coach Ryan Day mentioned of Smith-Njigba. “We’re going to expect him to play this weekend, we’ll see how this week goes, but we’re going to only put him in the game if we feel 100 percent sure that he’s ready to roll.”

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Julian Fleming, a former five-star wideout who is anticipated to play a bigger position within the offense this season, is ready to make his 2022 season debut on Saturday. He suffered an undisclosed damage in camp and has been held out up so far. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound wideout has recorded 19 catches for 160 yards and a landing in his first two seasons in Columbus.

With Smith-Njigba and Fleming out, sophomore wideouts Emeka Egbuka and Marvin Harrison Jr. have stepped up for the Buckeyes’ offense, combining for 25 catches for 448 yards and 5 touchdowns via two weeks. Egbuka was the star of OSU’s Week 1 win over Notre Dame, hauling in 9 catches for 90 yards and a rating, whereas Harrison Jr. placed on a present in Week 2, totaling seven catches for 184 yards and three scores.

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Harrison Jr. was named the co-Huge Ten offensive participant of the week following his excellent efficiency in Week 2. He grew to become simply the second participant in class historical past to have a number of video games with three-or-more receiving touchdowns, becoming a member of former Buckeye nice Joey Galloway.

“With Marvin Harrison Jr. emerging much like (Jaxon) Smith-Njigba did last year, the return of JSN alongside Julian Fleming means the Buckeyes are the presumptive favorite to finish the year with the nation’s top receiving corps,” FOX Sports activities faculty soccer analyst RJ Younger mentioned. “Good luck with that, Big Ten.”

Heading into Week 3, the Buckeyes are the one offense within the Huge Ten with greater than 5 passing touchdowns and never a single interception.

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