In a surprising move, Ohio State junior wide receiver Chris Olave has announced that he will be returning for his senior season rather than foregoing the rest of his collegiate eligibility by entering the 2021 NFL Draft.
Olave currently has 110 receptions for 1,766 yards and 22 touchdowns in his OSU career.
A First-Team All-Big Ten selection in 2020, Olave caught 50 passes for 729 yards and seven touchdowns in seven games. His 104.1 yards receiving per game is the third-highest mark in school history behind David Boston (119.6, 1998) and Terry Glenn (117.6, 1995).
As a sophomore, Olave was a Third-Team All-Big Ten selection following a season where he caught 49 passes for a team-high 849 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Olave burst onto the Ohio State scene as a true freshman in 2018 when he caught a pair of touchdown passes against Michigan and also blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown.
Olave was “discovered” in recruiting by then-OSU offensive coordinator Ryan Day, who was in San Diego scouting quarterback prospect Jack Tuttle, who was Olave’s teammate. Olave did not play as a junior due to high school transfer rules, but exploded as a senior for 93 passes for 1,764 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Olave was projected as a possible first-round selection. Ohio State has not had a wide receiver selected in the first round of the NFL draft since Ted Ginn and Anthony Gonzalez in 2007.
Fortunately for the Buckeyes, it looks like OSU will have to wait another year to break that streak.