As a high school senior last year, Jaxon Smith-Njigba opened his season with 311 yards and three touchdowns. Fast forward over a year, and he started his first Ohio State football season in style.
The freshman only had two catches for five yards. Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave are each over 100 yards, so Ohio State has gotten plenty of production elsewhere. One of those catches by Smith-Njigba was one of the prettiest touchdown receptions you’ll ever see though.
The Texas native extended for a two-handed snag in the very back of the end zone. Somehow, despite looking like he was absolutely going to land out of bounds, he managed to get a foot in bounds by a few inches. It is some of the most impressive body control you’ll see by anyone, a true freshman no less.
He has a fan in one former Ohio State football standout. Parris Campbell, a 2019 OSU grad who was taken in the second-round of the NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts that year, is watching today’s season opener against Nebraska. He had a similar reaction to everyone else watching the Buckeyes today.
OMG!!!!!!!!!!! JAXON SMITH-NJIGBA……. you’re different young man you’re VERY different… @jaxon_smith1
— Parris Campbell (@PCampbell21) October 24, 2020
Jaxon Smith-Njigba was a five-star member of Ohio State’s 2020 class. 247Sports ranked him No. 29 overall and No. 5 among wide receivers in the class.
The Buckeyes got off to a bit of a sluggish start, but looked dominant as the game went on. They’re took down the Huskers 52-17.
Heisman candidate Justin Fields finished 20-for-22 for 274 yards and two touchdowns. The team also has 215 rushing yards and four scores on the ground, led by Fields’ 54 yards and one score.