COLUMBUS — Ohio State head coach Ryan Day spoke with reporters on Friday. The media was permitted to watch the day’s practice, and then afterward Day answered questions about his team and provided personnel updates and more. The spring game is just over one week away, which will then wrap up spring camp for the Buckeyes.
+ Mattison and Hafley have done a great job melding the scheme together. They got together with Larry Johnson and talked about the personnel and put it all together. Hafley had to make some adjustments going from the NFL hashes to college hashes.
+ Nothing has really changed with the quarterbacks. The completion percentage is pretty close right now and on par with where Dwayne Haskins was last year, but they’re going against more zone this year, so he’d like that percentage to be higher.
+ The entire offense is now in this spring, so it’s been a lot to take on. The quarterbacks have done a nice job, but they’re not there yet. They’ll work on stuff on their own this summer.
+ The entire offensive line is different right now at the ones from last year because Thayer Munford is out. Wyatt Davis was sick today. Nicholas Petit-Frere is playing very well, as is Josh Myers at center.
+ Garrett Wilson stands out. Has really good body control and ball skills. Still learning how to be physical as a blocker. Still gets caught at the line of scrimmage at times.
+ The QB under center is still being evaluated. It gives them different things they didn’t have last year. It allows them to put two tight ends in the game, which is something they didn’t have last year. Allows the speed sweep as well.
+ Spring game will probably have a running clock in the second half.
+ Why is it important to play a spring game? It allows the young guys to play on a larger stage. “It matters. Even just punting the ball and seeing if the returners can fair catch the ball.” Going through the tunnel and pregame is important for the younger guys.
+ Josh Proctor does flash. He’s still got a lot of football to learn. “Very, very talented.” He has a lot of range.
+ All of the guys up front on defense are doing a great job. They can really go get the passer. “Larry’s the best in America in teaching those guys how to rush.”
+ Austin Mack has provided excellent effort. They have him on volume control right now.
+ Branden Bowen has to be a leader for this team because he’s played so much and the other guys haven’t. He’s played four different positions and they can plug him in and operate. He’s an unselfish player, which means a lot for the team.
+ Back at Florida, Day was an impressionable coach at 23 or 24 years old. That’s when he met Greg Mattison. He’s a great husband and a great dad. He is a mentor. “I felt like that was important to have” on this staff. “When he speaks, people listen.” The staff and the players see him as a steadying force.
+ There were conversations with Greg Mattison, Jeff Hafley, and Larry Johnson about what this defense should be. He had some ideas, but left the rest up to those three.
+ It’s huge that there are no egos on this staff. He wants his players and coaches to have a purpose and write it down and follow through.
+ Middle linebacker will continue to be a competition this spring. Tuf Borland was out again today with a knee. Day thinks it will go into the preseason. More than one will play. “The more depth you have, the better.”
+ In a perfect world, you have a pair and a spare everywhere on defense, but they have to be game ready. If they are game ready, then they’ll play. It makes a difference in the fourth quarter and in November.
+ Damon Arnette threw a punch and connected with Jaylen Harris. You don’t want to have too many of those, but one or two throughout camp shows that you are playing with emotion. It’s a good thing to have emotion, but if it becomes to get out of control, you stop it.