COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 130th season of Ohio State football opened Friday morning at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center with the first of 25 scheduled practices of the fall camp campaign and leading up to the 2019 season and home opener, Aug. 31 against Florida Atlantic University.
Ohio State has a roster featuring 125 players, and first-year head coach Ryan Day welcomed 110 of them – the number allowed by the NCAA to attend fall camp – with the rest rejoining the team when school starts Aug. 20. That 110 includes 52 players on offense, 52 on defense and six specialists. Eligibility-wise, the roster includes 20 seniors, 32 juniors, 30 sophomores and 28 freshmen.
25th head coach
Day, who begins his head coaching tenure with three victories already on his resume as an interim head coach last season, is the 25th head coach in the history of Ohio State football. He is from Manchester, N.H., is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and is in his 18th season coaching, a tenure that includes two seasons as a quarterback coach in the NFL (2015 with Philadelphia and 2016 with San Francisco).
New to the staff
Day hired five new assistant coaches while retaining the core coaches from record-setting Ohio State offenses the past two seasons: offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Kevin Wilson; assistant head coach for offense/running backs coach Tony Alford; wide receiver coach Brian Hartline; and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa.
New Ohio State coaches include passing game coordinator Mike Yurcich (from Oklahoma State) and four defensive coaches who will join sixth-year Ohio State associate head coach/defensive line coach Larry Johnson on the defense: co-defensive coordinator/secondary coach Jeff Hafley (San Francisco 49ers); co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison (Michigan), linebacker coach Al Washington (Michigan) and special teams coordinator/assistant secondary coach Matt Barnes (Maryland).
The GAs and QC coaches
Graduate assistants on staff include Kenny Anunike (defense), Sean Duggan (defense), Trey Holtz (offense) and Chandler Whitmer (offense). Quality control coaches this year are senior quality control coach Corey Dennis (offense), Keenan Bailey (offense), Drue Christ (defense), Parker Fleming (special teams) and Matt Thurin (defense).
2019 Buckeye Numbers & Notes
0 – Collegiate starts at Ohio State by the three quarterbacks vying for the job this season: senior Chris Chugunov, junior Gunnar Hoak and sophomore Justin Fields.
3 – Number of ticket “mini” plan options for Buckeye fans (visit http://go.osu.edu/FBTix for more info).
• The Flex Pass – Florida Atlantic, Miami (Ohio), Michigan State and Maryland for $249. This is a digital plan with seat location sent to your mobile phone the Friday before the game.
• The Rush Plan – Miami (Ohio), Maryland and Wisconsin for $327.
• The Blitz Plan – Florida Atlantic, Cincinnati and Michigan State for $297.
5 – National ranking in the initial Amway Coaches Poll, released Thursday.
7 – Big Ten Conference offensive records set last season by Ohio State, including passing yards (5,100), passing yards per game (364.3), passing touchdowns (51) and total offensive yards per game (535.6).
8 – College graduates on the squad (as of this Sunday). The six current graduates are DT Jashon Cornell, QB Chris Chugunov, QB Gunnar Hoak, OG Jonah Jackson, LS Liam McCullough and WR C.J. Saunders. And graduating Sunday: CB Damon Arnette and H-B K.J. Hill.
13 – Returning starters from last year’s 13-1, Big Ten and Rose Bowl champion team.
• 4 offensive starters (RB J.K. Dobbins, LT Thayer Munford, TE Luke Farrell, WR Austin Mack)
• 9 defensive starters (DE Chase Young, DT Robert Landers, DE Jonathon Cooper, LB Malik Harrison, LB Pete Werner, LB Tuf Borland, SAF Jordan Fuller, SAF Brendon White, CB Damon Arnette)
42 – Returning OSU Scholar-Athletes on the roster.
48 – Receptions needed by K.J. Hill to break David Boston’s school record of 191 from1996-98.
145 – Combined career starts on the defensive side of the ball with SAF Jordan Fuller (26), CB Damon Arnette (25), LB Tuf Borland (20), LB Malik Harrison (14), LB Pete Werner (13), DE Jonathan Cooper (13), DE Chase Young (13) and DT Robert Landers (11) leading the way.
102,780 – New official capacity of Ohio Stadium.
2019 Ohio State Schedule
All times EDT
Aug. 31 – Florida Atlantic – Noon on FOX (Faculty & Staff and Alumni Band game)
Sept. 7 – Cincinnati – Noon on ABC (Hall of Fame game)
Sept. 14 – at Indiana – Noon on FOX
Sept. 21 – Miami (Ohio) – (Scarlet & Gray and Buckeyes Care game)
Sept. 28 – at Nebraska
Oct. 5 – Michigan State – 7:30 p.m. on ABC/ESPN (Homecoming game)
Oct. 12 – Off
Oct. 18 – at Northwestern – 8:30 p.m. on FS1
Oct. 26 – Wisconsin – (Buckeye Club game)
Nov. 2 – Off
Nov. 9 – Maryland (Military Appreciation game)
Nov. 16 – at Rutgers
Nov. 23 – Penn State (Senior Day)
Nov. 30 – at Michigan – Noon on FOX
Dec. 7 – Big Ten Championship Game