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Two-Minute Drill: Ryan Day ‘Lightning Round’ Updates — Nov. 14

Ohio State football head coach Ryan Day

COLUMBUS — Ohio State head coach Ryan Day met with reporters Thursday afternoon for his weekly rapid-fire ‘lightning round’ of questions from reporters. He talked about the impending reinstatement of All-American defensive end Chase Young, and answered several other questions about his team and their upcoming weekend. Here are the highlights.

+ CJ Saunders is out again this week. Not sure if he’s out for the year.

+ Day wasn’t sure Zach Harrison was going to play this much as a freshman. You never know, but he’s gotten on the field a lot and produced.

+ Day wants to continue improving the passing game, and that includes protection and reads. The usage of the middle of the field right now is more about what the defense is allowing.

+ “I can’t say enough about our compliance department here.” It was very professionally done. They did an unbelievable job with the entire situation. Going through this for the first time, it was interesting to watch the administrative staff operate.

+ If he would have known how little Jonathon Cooper was going to play this year he would have been very, very concerned. Then you add in missing Chase Young, it goes to show you how strong the leadership is in that defensive line room.

+ The chemistry of the team is critical. You can’t have players straying in different directions. You need everybody going in the same direction. The seniors know what it’s supposed to look like and they need to call out the young guys if they cut corners.

+ Chase Young will not travel. He will stay in Columbus and lift and get ready for Penn State. They have waivers for other captains to travel when they are dealing with injuries.

+ “Good offenses have plays and plays off of plays. If you just have plays, then you’re not running an offense.”

+ The fifth-year senior defensive tackles “are all men.” “Those guys are three of the guys you can count on every day.” It’s great to have veteran guys who play veteran. They make sure their unit is prepared.

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