COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Buckeyes held their first scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday. Following the scrimmage, Buckeyes’ head coach Ryan Day spoke with reporters to talk about what he saw and provide some updates on where the team currently stands. Here are the highlights of what Day had to say.
+ All quarterbacks should be leaders, so it’s not hard to cultivate that. “That’s just part of the job whether you’re the starter or the backup.”
+ Today was the first day in pads where there was hitting and tackling. Day wants to look at the film before making too many proclamations. Baron Browning is making plays. There were a couple of pick sixes today by the secondary. The defensive line has been getting penetration.
+ Day is proud of Robert Landers for speaking out about mental health issues on Twitter following the shootings in Dayton. The players understand that there is no stigma attached to asking for help. “Our guys are hearing the message.”
+ The defense got after the offense today. The defense won the day for sure. The offense turned it over too many times. It’s been a good battle. It was physical and explosive.
+ Austin Mack is out right now but he is expected back in a week or so.
+ There were somewhere around 40 plays with the ones, more with the twos, then around 30 with the threes. Today was more about going up and down the field. Moving forward there will be more game situations.
+ There were a couple of fumbles and at least two interceptions. The defense has been opportunistic throughout camp.
+ Day still gets wowed every day by players because there are so many tremendous athletes on the team.
+ Baron Browning has been mostly in the middle, but he’s fast and getting to the ball quickly. Al Washington has done a great job with him.
+ The battle at right tackle between Branden Bowen and Nicholas Petit-Frere are neck and neck, and if both deserve to play this year, they won’t hesitate to rotate them.
+ They’ll have to review the film to see if today was the offense’s fault or if the defense was just making plays.
+ At quarterback, Day was hoping to have a better idea on the starter but that didn’t happen today.
+ Freshman receiver Jameson Williams is tough and competitive. He wants to play as a freshman, which Day can appreciate. He still has a lot to learn. “Made a bunch of mental mistakes today.” He’s been working on punt block as well. He’s blocked a couple of punts on the scout team, so they will continue to look at him there and build out a depth chart on special teams.
+ Still looking for the backup running back. Master Teague hasn’t been practicing, so it’s hard for him to win the job. Demario McCall is battling with the freshmen backs to backup JK Dobbins.
+ Nick Saban wants all teams to schedule two P5 non-conference games each year. Day was asked for his philosophy about it, and he said it’s not apples to apples because the Big Ten plays nine conference games and the SEC doesn’t.
+ The targeting rule has helped the safety of the player since it’s been implemented. There are defenders who get penalized when there was nothing else they could do, but overall it’s a positive.
+ Thayer Munford is on volume control. Not gonna throw him to the wolves early on, but he’s done very well.
+ There is an energy to this defense. They are salty and have an edge to them. They read a lot of stuff over the season last year and during the offseason. They have something to prove. That makes for good football. “I like being around those guys.” There is good chemistry over there.
+ K’Vaughan Pope and Sevyn Banks had the two pick sixes today. “Really excited about that.” Creating turnovers is an emphasis this year.