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Live Updates — Ryan Day Tuesday Presser, Sept. 24

Ryan Day Ohio State Buckeyes Head Coach

COLUMBUS — Ohio State head coach Ryan Day meets for his weekly Tuesday press conference today. He is expected to answer some questions about last weekend’s game against Miami, but will also answer questions about his team and their upcoming matchup in Lincoln against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. We will provide updates throughout the session. Refresh for the latest once the festivities begin at 12:00 pm.

+ Playcalling has gone okay so far. There is always communication on what should happen on the next drive. Kevin Wilson and Mike Yurcich are helping him with end-of-half stuff like timeouts and whatever else pops up. Day prefers it to be quiet on the headset when he’s working through decisions like flags.

+ Justin Fields is four games in. He has a spring and a preseason under his belt, but there is still a lot to see. He has grown and will continue to grow. He has the proper approach and mindset, but he has to handle adversity in the right way — “and he will.”

+ Can one player change a game? “I think dominant players absolutely can make an impact on a game.” They can’t do it alone, but great players can make an impact on the game for sure.

+ On the receivers who may have had diminished numbers like Austin Mack: “Their time’s coming real fast.”

+ They talk about how much “new do you need” in terms of plays each week. Do you add stuff and possibly overdue it? It matters when you’re on the road. Do you want to stick with what you’ve known or add some new stuff? It’s always changing.

+ Nebraska’s defense is better this year than they were last year. The front is big and strong and powerful. The linebackers and secondary is now in their second year in the system, so they know it better and they can adjust quicker.

+ Day isn’t sure if this team is ahead of schedule. You don’t know until you get into the meat of the season.

+ Adrian Martinez visited Ohio State, but they couldn’t offer him because he was injured as a senior. Hats off to him, he is a special player.

+ You try to approach every game without making it any bigger than the other weeks, but they have talked about the challenge of this game for a while. It’s going to be an electric environment and they have to handle that.

+ The Nebraska offense will be a big challenge for this defense. They provide more versatility and speed than Ohio State has seen to this point.

+ Freshman receiver Jameson Williams is fast, but they didn’t know how tough he was when he arrived. He throws his body around and works really hard. “I think he’s got a really bright future ahead of him.”

+ “If you ever let your guard down, you’re going to get knocked out.”

+ How do they prepare for adversity? They keep talking about it and coach them as hard as you can, informing of what it’s going to be and look like.

+ There wasn’t a whole bunch of conversation with Isaiah Pryor about him leaving. They want nothing but the best and there is no ill will. They wish he would have stayed. They wish him nothing but the best in getting his degree and moving forward. This is an example of where the four-game redshirt rule can hurt teams a little bit, but it’s still the best thing for the kids.

+ There is pretty good depth at safety right now even with Isaiah Pryor transferring and Josh Proctor hurt last week. Jahsen Wint and Marcus Hooker can play there as well.

+ Matt Barnes is the leader of the special teams unit, but all of the assistant coaches take part in it. It’s a whole team effort with special teams. It has been critical that the importance of special teams doesn’t drop off and it won’t under Day, who attends all of those meetings.

+ The difference between a noon game and a night game is very different in terms of pre-game stuff. They don’t want them in their rooms sleeping all day. It’s a gradual things. There’s an art to it. You can’t win the game at 10:30 in the morning.

+ The Buckeyes have not had to play a full four quarters and Nebraska has, so that’s something that he will address. There hasn’t been any adversity in the fourth quarter and that will change this week.

+ Jeff Okudah has done a good job of taking on the technique that Jeff Hafley is teaching him. He has flashed, but now that his stuff is on film and teams know him, they may try to scheme him up and see how he reacts to that.

+ Day has seen some highlights of Wisconsin so far in studying film. “They’re off to a great start.”

+ It is very important for the quarterback and the play caller to be on the same page. That’s all taken care of during practice and in the meeting room.

+ It helps when you’ve played the position like Day has to understand the need for Justin Fields to create with his feet. Day gives him the freedom to do that, but you still have to learn your limitations and understand why mistakes were made so they aren’t made again and again.

+ Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez was recruited by Day. They spent a lot of time together. On the field, he’s big and strong and powerful. He extends plays with his feet, so he’s hard to get on the ground. He is an accurate passer. When you combine his skill set and his intelligence and game management, he’s by far the best QB they’ve seen this year.

+ Garrett Wilson’s role as a punt returner is going to progress, but they’ll see what they do with him as the season goes on.

+ Asked who the staff thinks might need to play more, they talk about it throughout the week after the grades come in. There isn’t one guy in particular. There are a number of guys who have proven themselves.

+ “Got a real big challenge ahead of us this week.” This will be the best team they have faced this season. They stretch you horizontally with their offense and they challenge you defensively with a lot of different looks.