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Football: Ohio State wide receiver Binjimen Victor strives for consistency

Ohio State junior wide receiver Binjimen Victor (9) catches a pass during the 2018 Spring Game in Ohio Stadium on April 14. Gray beat Scarlet 37-14. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Lantern Photographer

With a 6-foot-4 frame, Ohio State junior wide receiver Binjimen Victor has the height to make him a difficult matchup for opposing cornerbacks.

However, throughout spring practice, Victor has been focused on one word, one aspect of his game that he expects to improve in prior to the start of the season: consistency.

To start the 2017 season, Victor caught at least one pass in the first seven games of the season, while adding four touchdown receptions during that span.

As the season continued, Victor became more of a red zone target for the Buckeyes due in large part to his size. During the final seven games of the season, he recorded only five catches — all coming in the games against Michigan State and Illinois. Three of those receptions went for touchdowns.

However, as the season continued, there were fewer opportunities for Victor with Ohio State focusing more on the running game in red zone situations. Also, as a skinny receiver, he was unable to make contributions in the middle of the field where a receiver needed either physicality or speed.

Victor’s goal for the spring was to develop that middle ground for his quarterbacks entering the 2018 season.

“It’s kind of up and down sometimes and I just have to keep maintaining, like stay focused and have consistency throughout the fall camp,” Victor said.

Much of that has to do with his matchups in the secondary. Victor said he had been working most on route running and separation from cornerbacks during the offseason.

During the Spring Game, Victor showed his ability to separate from cornerbacks in man-to-man coverage, recording five catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. He also showed his ability as a deep threat, with quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Dwayne Haskins each finding Victor for a reception of more than 30 yards.

On one catch early in the second quarter, Victor showed how his size could be used as an advantage, leaping over an opposing cornerback and securing a 30-yard pass from Burrow.

Head coach Urban Meyer believes Victor has the potential to be a playmaker in the receiving corps.

“You know, that’s one of the most talented receivers we have ever had,” Meyer said. “It’s consistency and the fight in those kind of things because when he does, it’s fun to watch.”

Even with the praise, Meyer still said Victor has a long way to go to get to that point.

Meyer sees what the junior wide receiver could potentially do for Ohio State in the fall. Victor is expected to contribute to his veteran position group, giving the quarterbacks an experienced corps with which to work.

However, to meet that level of success, Victor said the work starts before the season.

“He sees what kind of player I am and what I can be in the future,” Victor said. “I just have to keep working at that and meet that high expectation.”

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