James Franklin Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin as the Auburn Tigers take on the Penn State Nittany Lions at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. Aupsu14

Ohio State Buckeyes superstar wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. is the top wide receiver in college football, and ahead of this week’s matchup with the Penn State Nittany Lions, it sounds like Penn State head coach James Franklin has a lot of respect for the Buckeyes star.

During his press conference this week, James Franklin broke down what he thinks makes Marvin Harrison Jr. such a dangerous player for the Buckeyes.

“Well, I think number one, the thing that jumps out to me is his body control and ball skills,” James Franklin said. “He’s got the ability to contort his body in the positions and catch the ball effortlessly. I think that’s the first thing.”

But more than just his catching ability, Franklin is impressed by just how smooth Harrison looks when he’s out on the field despite his size.

“The other thing, he’s just smooth and fluid. You know, a guy that you guys are familiar with that I think was smooth and fluid similar to him is Jahan [Dotson]. The difference is this guy is doing it at 6’3″, 6’4″. It’s interesting, you watch him on tape and he looks like he’s got good size, but when you see him in person he’s a big dude,” Franklin said.

“And I think it’s his consistency. He’s just consistently made plays. Obviously, he makes spectacular plays, but he makes the routine plays as well. So, he’s obviously somebody that we’ve got to be aware of at all times. We’ve got a ton of respect for him and how they use him.”

We’ll have to see how Penn State handles him on Saturday afternoon.