Wade Should Be "Ready To Roll"


Although he missed Ohio State's game against Michigan with an undisclosed injury, Buckeye head coach Ryan Day said today that cornerback Shaun Wade "should be ready to roll" in their upcoming Big Ten title game matchup with Wisconsin.

"It was close," Day said of the decision to sit Wade against their rival, "but we determined he wasn't quite ready, and we wanted to be smart with that."

Day conceded that they missed Wade's presence against the Wolverines, especially early, but praised the way Amir Riep improved and made an impact as the game went on.

Riep ended the contest with 3 tackles, a pass breakup, and an interception.

Wade's is not the only situation the Buckeyes will be monitoring.

Corner Damon Arnette, who has been playing with a cast on his hand, left the Michigan game early.

Day had not yet met with the team when he spoke to reporters today, so he was not sure about Arnette's status. He did, however, indicate that Arnette will be watched throughout practice.

"We'll probably have a better idea as the week goes on."

Finally, Justin Fields told the media that he played with a sprained MCL when the Buckeyes beat Michigan 56-27 and aggravated that injury during the contest.

The addition of a brace was enough to allow Fields to not only finish playing, but to throw for 302 yards and four touchdowns, including a 30-yard strike to Garrett Wilson on his first play back after leaving the game to have his knee reexamined.

Day said there was never any doubt that Fields was going to play this past week, and did not indicate they had any concerns moving forward.

For Day's full remarks, click here.