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tBBC Ohio State Buckeye Moments: Jalin Marshall

Joe Dexter

Ohio State Buckeye Moments: Jalin Marshall
Joe Dexter
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The NFL Draft is right around the corner and over the next few days, the staff here at The Buckeye Battle Cry want to share with you our favorite Buckeye Moments from the draft eligible players from the Ohio State program.

Today, we start with Jalin Marshall — the freshman phenom turned starting receiver who surprised Buckeye fans by jumping to the NFL after his sophomore season. The Middletown native had 39 receptions as a freshman — the second most in program history behind Cris Carter’s 41 in 1984.

Here are five top moments during Marshall’s Ohio State career.

5. November 9th, 2015 — The One-Handed Pop Pass vs. Michigan State

This play didn’t lead to a win for Ohio State, but it showed the playmaking ability of Jalin Marshall in crunch time. Tied late in the third quarter, in a game where offense was more valuable than Alaskan gold, Marshall capped off the first momentous drive of the second half with a beautiful one-handed catch on the pop pass from J.T. Barrett on 1st & Goal from inside the 10 yard line.

It’s one of the many catches that showed off Marshall’s athletic ability in the clutch.

4. January 1st, 2015 — “Two for 26” vs. Alabama

Jalin Marshall’s play in the 2015 Sugar Bowl might be the most underrated performance in the first championship run of the College Football Playoff Era. No, Marshall didn’t burn any type with highlight-reel plays.

Yet, it was his two catches late in the first half that gave his team momentum to get back in the ballgame against Alabama. After a horrible first quarter, Ohio State bounced back, scoring their first touchdown of the evening, after a 12-play, 71 yard drive was capped off on an Ezekiel Elliott touchdown run.

The score cut Ohio State’s deficit to 21-13, but more importantly, it gave the Buckeyes momentum throughout the rest of the second half.

Marshall had two 26 yard catches on the drive — both coming on third and long — to help keep the offense moving.

He also played a key role in the trick-play touchdown from Evan Spencer to Mike Thomas. Marshall was the decoy who received the pitch from Barrett and reversed the ball to Spencer, who made it a one point ballgame with his touchdown pass to Michael Thomas.

3. January 13, 2015 — “The Third 26” vs. Oregon in National Championshp

He might not of had the statistical game that makes you an immortal among the greats of college football, but there’s no doubt that Jalin Marshall showed up for Ohio State’s title win over Oregon.

Marshall had five catches for 55 yards. None bigger than his grab on the sidelines that helped stage an early touchdown for Ohio State, after struggling defensively on the first drive of the game.

His punt return after Oregon’s ensuing drive, is also a site to see, and helped set up a short-field drive. Four plays later, the Buckeyes would take the lead for good on a Nick Vannett touchdown pass from the goal line.

2. November 18th, 2015 — “The Catch in Coverage” vs. Michigan

You want to talk about big moments and stepping up to the plate? Ohio State went into the locker room looking for answers offensively in the final game of the regular season against their arch rivals, after losing their first game in conference play in the Urban Meyer era.

The Buckeyes found themselves up three to start the third quarter, after Michigan scored 10 straight points to end the first half. Marshall came out of the locker room with a message on the first drive.

If you’re going to try to stop me, you’re literally going to have to hold me down.

The Wolverines would only score three points in the second half. While the Ohio State offense built on the momentum of Marshall’s scoring strike — scoring three touchdowns on back-to-back-to-back possessions.

1. November 22nd, 2014– “The Marshall Plan” vs. Indiana

Four touchdowns in a little more than 17 minutes.

That’s the on-field legacy that will forever we remembered as Jalin Marshall’s Buckeye Moment.

After fumbling the ball twice against Minnesota the week before, Marshall and his teammates found themselves in a dogfight late in the third quarter. The Buckeyes were clinging on to a 14-13 lead and combined with Indiana for six straight drives ending in punts.

In just one play, running back Tevin Coleman ended the drought for the Hoosiers, scampering 90 yards and giving them the lead midway through the third.

After punting on the following offensive drive, Marshall ended any anxiety with a 54-yard punt return for the ages. He followed that up with three of the most beautiful plays in his Buckeye career.

We give a lot of credit to players in their growth heading into the championship run late in 2014. One player that doesn’t get enough credit is Jalin Marshall, who literally put the team on his shoulders for a whole Saturday afternoon.

What are your favorite Jalin Marshall moments? Share your thoughts below and stay tuned for more in the Ohio State Moments series throughout the week leading to the NFL Draft.

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