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Stock Market Report: Thank you Marvin Harrison Jr., and a lot of young players had great regular seasons

Even though the Buckeyes are losing top tier talent, the future is still bright with the younger players who played a role this season.

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Unfortunately, for the third season in a row, the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1) are left wondering what went wrong after falling to No. 2 Michigan (12-0) 30-24 to likely end the Buckeyes playoff hopes and cancel their Big Ten Championship game trip.

With the regular season over, this stock market will take a look at some of the top performers this season and the young guys who shined.

Blue Chip

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Marvin Harrison Jr.: His career is likely over in the Scarlet and Gray, as the Buckeyes have only a slim chance to make the College Football Playoff. If they do not, he will almost certainly sit out the bowl game to prepare for the NFL Draft.

Harrison finished his Buckeye career with 155 catches, 2,613 yards and 31 touchdowns. Those numbers look much better when you realize he only had 11 catches in his freshman season and is only a junior.

He will finish his Ohio State career as one of the top players to ever come through the program, and has a legitimate chance to be the first receiver to go No. 1 in the draft since Keyshawn Johnson. Thanks for the memories, MHJ.

Solid Investments

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Jermaine Matthews Jr.: Ohio State has had many elite cornerbacks come through the program in its history, and with Denzel Burke likely heading to the league as a first-round draft pick, it is now time for Jermaine Matthews Jr. to step into the starting role. He showed great flashes this season, particularly when he was thrust into the starting role against Penn State and played well, and also on special teams.

Matthews Jr. is next up at DBU (in my humble opinion).

Cade Stover: Cade Stover had one of the best seasons we have seen from an Ohio State tight end in a while. Stover was named as a finalist for the Mackey Award, the nation’s top tight end. Before the season started, most people assumed that Georgia’s Brock Bowers would run away with this award, but his midseason injury opened the door for someone like Stover.

He finished the season with 41 catches, 576 yards, and five touchdowns, similar to his stat line last season.

Junk Bond

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Special teams: We have said all year that the special teams would bite the Buckeyes in a big game, and it did. Between the missed field goal by Jayden Fielding and the punting unit failing to flip the field, it was another poor day for Parker Fleming’s group. Michigan’s kicker James Turner recorded 12 points to Fielding’s six. Also, Michigan’s punter Tommy Doman averaged 52 yards per punt, while Ohio State’s Jesse Mirco averaged 37 yards per punt. They punted the ball three times.

Not ideal in a game where starting field position is key. The game was not lost because of this, but it was a contributing factor.


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Buy: Jordan Hancock. Anytime you are a freshman who has to play heavy minutes on an improved defense, it can be difficult. However, Hancock looked great this season, and he will be one of the anchors of the defense heading into next season when a lot of the top captains and producers will be gone.

Buy: Carnell Tate. This one is pretty simple to me. His production might be affected depending on whether Emeka Egbuka heads to the NFL Draft and whatever Julian Fleming decides to do, but in a long line of elite Ohio State receivers, Tate showed flashes this season that he is next.

Sell: Losing to Michigan. I am 27 years old, and I have been fortunate enough not to see the Buckeyes loss to Michigan that often. And I took it for granted. You don’t know what you got until it’s gone. I would like you to get back on the other side of this — and soon.