Can Jaxon Smith-Njigba break his record-breaking 2021 season for Ohio State football?
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jaxon Smith-Njigba went from the third wheel among Ohio State football’s starting receivers to the best statistical season in program history.
Now he’s back for Year 3 in 2022, and there’s really only one question: can he top him?
Smith-Njigba is CJ Stroud’s top favorite weapon while also playing in the slot, which has regularly been a heavily used spot in the Buckeyes’ offense. As the only returning starter in the wide receiver room, this could be taken to another level.
Nevada’s Trevor Insley is the only player to eclipse 2,000 yards in a season when he did so in 1999. His 2,060 yards were 454 more than Smith-Njigba. But potentially playing two more games this season, it’s not crazy to think he could surpass that total. At the very least, that’s in the back of his mind heading into the season.
“I would be lying if I said I didn’t think about it,” Smith-Njigba said. “I think of everything, honestly. I’m not trying to let him control me. I try to control what I can control, which is to show up on Saturdays and give my heart.
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