COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes welcomed the Big Ten Network onto campus for practice No. 4 as part of its annual fall tour. Network hosts Dave Revsine, Howard Griffith and Gerry DiNardo started their day watching practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center before setting up their studio to record a 30-minute Buckeye special with multiple interviews, including with head coach Ryan Day.
Also on set were J.K. Dobbins, Justin Fields, Chase Young and Jeff Okudah.
Coaches mic’d for teaching sessions during practice were offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson and co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley. A digital teaching session was taped with wide receivers’ coach Brian Hartline.
Ohio State’s BTN special will air on The B1G Show tonight at 6 p.m. EDT.
Following his time with the Big Ten Network, Day met with the core beat writers and reporters who cover Ohio State football for a second rundown of camp thus far. His thoughts:
On the impact of having multiple fifth-year seniors:
“Yeah, it’s funny, there’s kind of like two different models. There’s the guy who comes in and kind of plays in his first three years and leaves…but then there’s also the guys that get developed and hang in here for five years. Both add really positives to the program, but it’s great to have older guys. We play against some teams in our league who make a living off of fifth-year seniors. They’re 22-year-old men, and sometimes we’re playing with freshmen because they are so talented we want to get them on the field right away, and they’re 18-year-olds. So I think it’s good to have a good influx of older guys, guys who are 21, 22 years old that are men who will bring leadership and chemistry.”
On Mike Yurcich taking over the passing game and quarterbacks:
“Early on we just talked about how much respect we have for each other and that we’re going to do this thing together. We’re going to coach those guys together, and then as time goes on and he understands our system because we are going to keep our system our system, then he’ll kind of be able to run with it a little bit more and more. He’s got great ideas. He comes in with unbelievable ideas, has really good energy on the field. I think he’s done a good job of building relationships with those guys in a short period of time because it’s a unique situation.”
On the defense:
“Well, I saw I think four interceptions today. That was really good to see. They’re flying to the ball. They’re making plays on the ball. They’re playing with vision, and they’re producing right now. And so there’s a lot of energy that way. I think there’s a good attitude, leadership up front, and then the linebackers are really working on being tough, creating an edge.”
On the team’s personality/identity:
“They like each other. There’s a chemistry here. They like being around each other. You can just tell. There’s not a lot of cliques. They kind of hang together. They like being here. They have a certain energy about them. They’re positive. And so the chemistry is there. I think there’s leadership capability. We’ll see as we get going. I think it’s developing.”
On the recent tragedies in Dayton and El Paso:
“Our prayers and thoughts are with those who got affected by the tragedies in Dayton, El Paso … and how mental health is squarely in the news … and that’s why I have decided to grow awareness … to break these stigmas because it shows itself so many different ways.”