Ryan Day Press Conference: FAU Week

Ohio State Buckeyes head man Ryan Day met with the media for the first of his weekly press conferences. Here are the highlights.

  • Day started out by saying he had no doubt that a Lane Kiffin coached team will challenge the Buckeye defense.
  • As far as what he is most interested in seeing this week? "The first thing is tackling." He added that, that and ball security are his two biggest concerns right now.
  • There will probably be seven or eight different offensive linemen who play Saturday.
  • Although there will be tweaks to the players' pregame routines now that Day is the team's full-time head coach, none of the traditions like Skull Session, "quick cals," and the singing of Carmen Ohio after the game will change.
  • Ohio State assistants Mike Yurcich, Kevin Wilson, and Jeff Hafley will coach from the press box. Greg Mattison will be on the sideline.
  • Day spoke very eloquently about how much he is looking forward to running out of the tunnel on game day.
  • Gene Smith asked Day about being clean shaven. "That was a camp beard," Day responded.
  • Zach Harrison and Harry Miller are both true freshman who, Day indicated, would probably see playing time.
  • He's been very happy with the input of his offensive assistants, but "I like to be in control and I like to call plays." He takes a light approach when it comes to the defense. He will occasionally ask questions, though.
  • Although public perception is that Justin Fields is farther ahead in terms of using his athleticism to run the ball than he is in terms of being a passer, Day insists that Fields can do both equally well.
  • Thayer Munford will start at left tackle and Branden Bowen will start at right tackle.
  • Day turns off his phone and makes sure to use his car rides just to think about the team, and its possibilities, and what he needs to contribute in order for them to do well.
  • There will be times this season when JK Dobbins will need to carry the ball 20 times for Ohio State to be successful.

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