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Ohio State shares message from Georgia graduate praising Buckeyes for prioritizing Marvin Harrison Jr.'s health.

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Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. left early during the Buckeyes’ 42-41 College Football Playoff semifinal loss at the Peach Bowl on Saturday after going into concussion protocol following a hit he took late in the third quarter. Harrison had 5 receptions for 106 yards, two touchdowns and counting before leaving the game, expressing a desire to return to action, but being overruled by the coaches. Ohio State fans may be haunted by what could have happened if Harrison had returned to action, considering the Buckeyes blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead in loss, but the Buckeyes received considerable praise for prioritizing health. from Harrison in the long run when the stakes were high on the field.

Ohio State Athletics shared a message from an anonymous Georgia graduate on social media Tuesday who commented that the Buckeyes were “clearly” the best team in football before Harrison’s injury.

“I am a graduate of the University of Georgia in Exercise Science,” the message reads. “I wanted to reach out to (Ohio State) to say how impressed I was with their decision to keep Marvin Harrison Jr. out of the game (Saturday). Clearly, their team was the best last night and was dominating the game with him playing, so the decision to keep him out of the game and put him on concussion protocol was impressive to say the least. Making the decision to put a player’s health and safety above the outcome of a football game important football for many around the world takes a lot of courage. It seems like the obvious decision to make when put like that, but as we all know, it doesn’t always happen. You must keep your head up because you did what was best for the student athlete last night. Wish you a happy new year and keep up the good work.

As for the play that eliminated Harrison from contention, Harrison fell to the ground and dropped the ball. He didn’t immediately get up and his teammates signaled the trainers to come closer. After a few minutes, Harrison slowly walked back to the Buckeye sideline and into the medical tent. A coach came out with his helmet on and while Harrison returned to the bench, he did not return to the game. head coach Ryan’s day confirmed after the game that Harrison was held due to concussion protocol.

To say losing Marv didn’t impact the game, it sure did,” Day said after the game.

For the remainder of the game, Ohio State only managed 97 total yards. Stroud was 4 of 8 passing for 29 yards in the fourth quarter without his main target available. Ultimately, Stroud had to use his legs, something he rarely does, to try to get the Buckeyes into position to win the game after Georgia was up by one. Harrison also knew that he could have made the difference if he had stayed in the game.

“I respect the coaches’ decision to keep me out,” Harrison said, via Bucknuts.com. “At the end of the day, they are just looking out for my health and safety. I respect their decision. I mean, I did my best. I wanted to be out there with my team. But like I said, I respect their decision. At the end of the day, they’re just looking out for my health. But I definitely tried to fight.”

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Harrison finished 2022 with 1,263 yards and 14 touchdowns. The son of former NFL receiver Marvin Harrison, he signed with Ohio State as a 4-star prospect out of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School of Philadelphia in the Class of 2021. He ranked as the 14th prospect receiver in the class nationally.

Bucknuts.com contributed to this report.

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