Just six weeks from Saturday, the Buckeyes open the 2019 season against Florida Atlantic. Ohio State coach Ryan Day, right now is in Chicago previewing the season. Unfortunately, my plan was to be there as well, but the weather got in the way. Severe thunderstorms in Chicago forced my flight to be cancelled. Fortunately, Buckeye football Sports Information Director Jerry Emig worked his magic and had Coach Day call us here at WTVN and I had a chance to talk with him for a few minutes. Here's a few headlines.
J.K. Dobbins and Chase Young were both named to the Big Ten "watch list" today. On Dobbins importance to the offense Day said: "He's really important. The way that our schedule plays out, we have six games, then a bye week, we play two more games, have a bye week and then finish with our last four. I think those first six games, J.K. is going to have to really play well for us. Whoever the quarterback is going to be is going to be brand new. He's going to be green, he's not going to have many collegiate starts under his belt so he's going to need help. J.K. is going into his third year, he's a veteran and so we need him to play that way."
On Young: "You talk about talent level, with his size, speed, explosiveness, he's a guy that can make an impact at any moment. He's tough enough to play in the run game and obviously, when it's time to pass, he's a guy that can change the game in terms of sacks and getting after the quarterback."
On Ohio State's training camp priorities: "We have to get a starting quarterback, that's for sure. We have to find some continuity in the offensive line and figure out who the starters are going to be...and then on defense, I think we need to continue to build that edge."
On whether there is truly competition at quarterback between Justin Fields and incoming grad transfer Gunnar Hoak: "It's legit (competition.) No positions are handed out and so I just think that people assume Justin is going to be the starter because he's coming off the heels of Dwayne Haskins and Dwyane came with some fanfare but it's a very, very different situation. Dwayne was here in the program and was in his third year but Justin just showed up a few months ago."
We also talked about summer conditioning, Ohio State's recruiting success and more. You can check out the entire interview with Ryan Day here.