Ryan Day Press Conference: Michigan State Week

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, in his first full year with the program, has fewer Big Ten wins (2) than Michigan State's Mark Dantonio has Big Ten titles (3), so as you can imagine, the respect level there is very high. The respect for the Spartans fourth ranked nationally rushing defense is, of course, is high as well. What was discussed at this week's press conference in addition to that?

  • Day said he does discuss with his assistants that there is a level of commitment he expects from them when they sign on, and he doesn't expect any current member of the staff any time soon.
  • Instead of emphasizing style points, Day focuses on what his team needs to do to improve in determining how long his starters are in the game.
  • The entire offensive line graded out with champion efforts, and Josh Alabi (who was filling in for an injured Branden Bowen) was their offensive player of the game. That means that Ohio State may use a rotation at that position moving forward.
  • Taron Vincent and CJ Sanders have yet to play this year, and Day refused to say whether it's possible that they will miss the entire season.
  • Day is on the same page as athletics director Gene Smith when it comes to what rights to compensation players should have to their name, image, and likeness.
  • When it comes to recruiting, Day views it as a positive when an athlete plays another position or even another sport.
  • Michigan State is not only fourth ranked nationally right now when it comes to run defense, Day feels they consistently have one of the best run defenses over the past two decades.
  • "They have answers to everything that you do," Day said of the Michigan State defense, after earlier calling Mark Dantonio one of the best coaches in the country.
  • Kenny Willekes was singled out for special praise. "I feel like he's in on every tackle."
  • Nebraska's Scott Frost said yesterday that he has Ohio State ranked first in his Coaches' Poll ballot, but Day refused to discuss where he has the Buckeyes ranked.
  • Master Teague is running downhill, and he's improved his ball security, said Day. "He's a great change-up to JK [Dobbins]."

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