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DE Zach Harrison (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by Smudger, Jan 28, 2017.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    For the past seven seasons, Ohio State’s presence pressuring quarterbacks has been founded from a defensive end projected as a top 5 NFL Draft pick.

    Joey Bosa, Nick Bosa and Chase Young took turns terrorizing opposing backfields in succession from 2013 to ’19.

    Young departed from the Buckeyes after a record-setting junior season, leaving a hole for the next great Ohio State defensive end to fill. Freshman Zach Harrison hopes to be that defensive end.

    “He can fly,” redshirt senior defensive tackle Robert Landers said. “He’s long. Came out of high school, he was a big track guy. I remember watching him, actually, in high school. The boy can run.”

    Young and Harrison’s freshman seasons were mirror images.

    Harrison played 10 games in his first year to Young’s nine, and both recorded the same number of sacks with 3.5.

    Young, like Nick and Joey Bosa before him, was thrust into the spotlight as a sophomore, registering 34.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks.

    Harrison, a former five-star prospect, learned what it takes to play in the collegiate ranks in his first season.

    “I learned that I’m good enough to play at this level,” Harrison said Dec. 26. “It’s a confidence that’s been building over the course of the season, and I’ve seen my play getting better and better. It’s a good sign for the future.”

    There are several things working in Harrison’s favor.

    Chief among them is Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who developed both Bosas and Young into the top prospects they became.

    Johnson brought up another factor working for Harrison: the Ohio native’s mentality.

    “He’s a guy who came in in January and really bought into what we’re doing here, and he’s worked really hard,” Johnson said. “When you work hard and grind, good things happen.”

    Landers called the football team’s film room its classroom, and Harrison’s studies have been thorough. He sponges up technical tweaks and rings them out in practice, a constant cleansing cycle of learning and applying.

    Landers’ favorite thing about Harrison, he said, is that he’s eager to learn from coach Johnson and the veteran players.

    “We give him tips and pointers, and he works hard at trying to execute what we’ve given him,” Landers said. “It can be difficult because coming from high school to college, you’ve gotta break a lot of high school habits you’ve built up over the course of time. Zach has been phenomenal at slowly transitioning to an elite defensive end.”

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  2. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.


    Here's a sample of what Day had to say.

    • Day said Zach Harrison was really a contributor by the end of the season.
    • "I think he's got a chance to be as good as anyone we've ever had here."
    • "Nobody was really sure how long it would take, but he's played at a high level."
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    Re: "I think he's got a chance to be as good as anyone we've ever had here."

  3. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.


    When Chase Young is inevitably selected by the Washington Redskins with the second overall pick in the NFL draft this spring, it'll make three Buckeye defensive ends who were taken within the first three picks of the draft in the last four seasons.

    That's a staggering run of top-flight pass-rushers, and amazingly, Harrison has the potential to continue that trend.

    The former 5-star standout was ranked the No. 12 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class, and as a rotational contributor on last year's defensive line, he registered 24 total tackles 3.5 sacks.

    But with the departure of Young and several key players up front, Harrison is in line to start and see his playing time skyrocket in 2020.

    The sophomore has elite speed and strength, and under Larry Johnson's direction he has the potential to be Ohio State's next great defensive end.
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  4. TS10HTW

    TS10HTW Senior

    :pimp:Get your popcorn ready!
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  5. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    "Zach Harrison certainly lived up to the hype as a true freshman and is likely headed for greatness," said Dave Biddle of Bucknuts. "I thought he would mostly get mop-up duty for the Buckeyes in 2019, but he was in the DE rotation even when big games were on the line. He needs to improve his get-off a little bit, but he's still a great athlete with a perfect frame. He has all the makings of a future star who will make life very difficult for opposing offensive tackles and quarterbacks. He's already filled out his 6-foot-6 frame at a chiseled 265 pounds, and he will take over for Chase Young as a starter for Ohio State this fall. Harrison had 3.5 sacks as a true freshman and he could triple that number as a sophomore."
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  6. scarletngray

    scarletngray Gold Pants

    Agreed. If he can improve his first step watch out.
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  7. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears

    You're also looking at an absolutely insane lineage of top end DEs at OSU(big Bosa, lil Bosa, Chase and possibly Harrison) if he improves that first step and adds some moves from LJsr to his repertoire.
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  8. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Freakiest Ohio State athlete: Zach Harrison
    Humans with Zach Harrison’s size simply shouldn’t be able to move the way he does, and it’s scary to think that he was still running track at the end of his high school career. It’s even more terrifying that it wasn’t that long ago since he’s only a sophomore with the Buckeyes, still scratching the surface of his off-the-charts physical tools. Harrison has everything Larry Johnson could possibly want in a defensive end, and while it sounds a little crazy, he’s got a chance to eventually become just as productive as Chase Young for the Buckeyes.
  9. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Also see..........

    Lettermen Row
    Due to a constant string of injuries at the defensive end position in 2019 (and the ludicrous Chase Young suspension), Zach Harrison got a lot of playing time as a true freshman, and generally looked pretty impressive doing it; he finished the season with 24 tackles, 5 for loss, and 3.5 sacks.

    By comparison, during their freshman years, Nick Bosa’s stat line was 29/7/5 and Young’s was 18/5/3.5. If Harrison is able to continue to develop his body and technique, there is no reason to believe that he won’t continue the long line of OSU DEs taking the league by storm and becoming one of the best players in the 2022 NFL Draft.

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    (Nick) Bosa’s stat line: 29/7/5
    Young’s stat line: 18/5/3.5
    Harrison's stat line: 24/5/3.5

    It would be nice to see how many plays each one had too for a better comparison.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2020
  10. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Sam Hubbard breaks down Zach Harrison

    Zach Harrison is a freak-athlete with superstar ability.

    Now entering his second season for the Buckeyes, polishing the ability and maximizing it will be the key for a second-year leap. He has only scratched the surface of what he can become for the Buckeyes. And with another year in Mickey Marotti’s weight program, Harrison could become a dominant player on the edge for Ohio State.

    What makes Zach Harrison a potential superstar? How much better can the Ohio State defensive end get in his second year with the program? When does a pass-rusher really start feeling comfortable with the Buckeyes? Former Ohio State star and current Bengals defensive lineman Sam Hubbard joined Lettermen Row to break down some film and answer those questions in the latest episode of BuckIQ.

    Roll the tape!

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  11. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  12. ORD_Buckeye

    ORD_Buckeye Wrong glass, Sir.

    Next man up: Bosa....Bosa 2.0....Predator. Those are some big legendary shoes to fill. I expect him to inflict maximum pain.
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  13. Taosman

    Taosman Mask Up Buckeyes!

    I like his ability to run down plays but I don't know if he's a "difference maker" . Is this his "leap year"? Or does it take another year?
  14. Buckeye86

    Buckeye86 I do not choose to discuss it

    He was a true freshman last year, so yes, it’s highly likely he’s going to take a big step in his second year.
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  15. TS10HTW

    TS10HTW Senior

    Sure bet. This DUDE comes out with his (proverbial) hair on fire and lays waste to the B1G in the process. Let’s see where the dust settles then...

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