ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit is giving out his Herbie Awards ahead of the 2021 season. And there’s one player in particular he wants to give special props to.
On Thursday, Herbstreit gave out his Herbie Award for college football’s “ultimate game changer”. Taking the spot is Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave.
The Buckeyes wideout has 110 career receptions for 1,766 yards and 22 touchdowns in three seasons. Last year he averaged over 100 yards per game, finishing the season with 50 receptions for 729 yards and seven touchdowns.
But nearly all of Olave’s receptions have been big plays that have played a big impact on games. He’s among the Heisman Trophy favorites for non-quarterbacks. And DeVonta Smith breaking the glass ceiling for wide receivers last year can only help him.
.@chrisolave_ wins the Herbie Award for ultimate game changer 🔥
The senior WR has over 100 career grabs. pic.twitter.com/fnYWA8r2Hn
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) August 27, 2021
Chris Olave had the option to leave Ohio State and jump to the NFL after coming up short in their national title ambitions. But he chose to stay and give it another go before making his way to the pros.
Olave was rewarded with a captaincy in the upcoming season. And he’s on numerous preseason watchlists.
Ohio State are the favorites to win the Big Ten and reach the College Football Playoff once again. They’ll be doing so with a first-year starter, so having a stud like Olave to throw the ball to will go a long way.
Is Chris Olave the ultimate game changer in college football this year?
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