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Ryan Day Press Conference: Wisconsin

Wisconsin has not trailed in a game when there was still time on the clock...but they've still got a loss on their resume. They'll be looking to rebound from that last second upset at the hands of Illinois when they roll into Columbus on Saturday. Buckeye head coach Ryan Day talked about that game in his weekly press conference, and these are some of the things he had to say...

  • Linebacker Baron Browning has been battling injury, but he "looks good so far" this week. Immediately following the win over Northwestern, Day had said he expected Browning to be ready to face the Badgers.
  • Offensive lineman Thayer Munford has also been dinged up. Day said he showed a lot of unselfishness in playing this past week vs. the Wildcats, and having an extra day off this week since OSU played Friday has been really helpful.
  • Wisconsin will be the biggest test "on both sides of the ball" for the Buckeyes, according to Day.
  • Day is pleased with pass protection, and if they have given up a few more sacks this year (they are 67th nationally and allowing 2.0 sacks per game), it is because they want to allow Justin Fields to have the freedom to freelance when a play breaks down and make something happen.
  • Getting players like offensive lineman Dawand Jones playing time has been important to the development of this team.
  • Day said he has more confidence in this team every week, but that being said, that doesn't mean anything if they don't focus on this week's challenge.
  • Is Wisconsin more dangerous coming off a loss? Day conceded that players tend to be more attentive after a tough game, but the Buckeyes are proof that you can improve significantly after victories if you stress that enough.
  • When asked about the team's relative struggles in the first quarter, Day did say that was something even his wife had talked about. Teams, he argued, are coming in with good plans, and so it's been necessary to make good adjustments. However, he also really took issue with the premise of the question, pointing out they scored 52 and had a touchdown just four minutes in.
  • What has been the key to Wisconsin's success defensively? Their play up front.
  • As for Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor, a reporter asked Day, "What makes him good?" To which Day responded, in what way isn't he good? What sets Taylor apart is that he is so well-rounded and has so few flaws to his game.
  • "You sink to the level of training," Day said, regarding the importance of preparation this week.

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