Jayden Reed feels Michigan State has better receiver room than Ohio State football

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Jayden Reed's expectations for Michigan State football's wide receiver room in 2022 are so high that he's putting it above any other in the Big Ten, including Ohio State.

"We're going to be a lot better than people think we are... I think we're going to be the best receiving room in the Big Ten," Reed said at Big Ten media days Wednesday.

Despite losing Jalen Nailor to the NFL, Reed, a third-year wide receiver for the Spartans after transferring from Western Michigan, said Keon Coleman, Tre Mosely and Germie Bernard will pick up the slack for Michigan State.

"It just remains to be seen," Reed added.

Ohio State may have something to say about that heading into the 2022 season.

Despite losing both Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson, who each became first-round NFL draft picks, wide receiver coach Brian Hartline's room returns its leading receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who led the team with 95 catches and 1,606 receiving yards in 2022.

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Reed was Michigan State's only 1,000-yard receiver last season, compared to Ohio State's two: Wilson and Smith-Njigba. The Spartans' passing game recorded only 21 passing touchdowns to wide receivers compared to the Buckeyes' 38.

Last season against Michigan State, Ohio State wide receivers brought in 393 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 28 catches. The Spartans had 103 receiving yards and one touchdown.

Smith-Njigba, a member of the Maxwell Award and Biletnikoff Award preseason watch lists, is someone Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud is excited to continue to work with in 2022.

"He would have did that against the best corner in the country. I got that much faith in that dude," Stroud said about Smith-Njigba's record-breaking performance in the Rose Bowl. "It doesn't really matter who we're going against in my eyes. It's what they are going to do with us."

Stroud said he's also excited to "show out" with Marvin Harrison Jr., who capped off his freshman season with three touchdowns in the Rose Bowl, and receivers like Emeka Egubka and Julian Fleming — two former five-star receivers — Kamryn Babb and Xavier Johnson.

Ohio State finished with the No. 1 scoring offense in the country last season, averaging 45.7 points per game. Much of that had to do with the Buckeyes' No. 3 passing game, averaging 380.9 passing yards per game.

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This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Jayden Reed rates Michigan State receivers higher than Ohio State