“But perhaps Day’s best pitch to Buckeye prospects will be the result of one his personal friendships. After all, there aren’t many NFL players more famous than Matt Ryan these days.”
— Ben Axelrod on Ohio State quarterback coach Ryan Day, Landof10.com
This offseason, Ohio State’s coaching staff made some changes. One of the those was the introduction of Ryan Day as the quarterback coach. While Day hasn’t done a lot on the recruiting trail in regards to bringing blue-chip recruits to his programs, he has, however, coached talent into becoming elite on the next level.
Matt Ryan’s MVP season not only boosted the Atlanta Falcons to the Super Bowl, but also boosted Day’s profile as a quarterback coach—thus helping the Buckeyes’ recruiting campaign.
Ryan and Day crossed paths at Boston College, where Day was a graduate assistant, then QB coach. It was there that Ryan went from being a redshirt that really wasn’t recruited by the big name schools, to being a starting quarterback, to being the No. 3 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
After winding a path through the quarterback coaching ranks in the NFL, Day has some serious experience in getting the next crop of players ready for the professional level. The success of ‘Matty Ice’ combined with spending time with the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers can virtually sell itself when looking for blue-chip recruits.
With the way Day can make great strides in a QB’s ability, maybe this could be the year where J.T. Barrett becomes a Heisman contender.
“Now Brizee, 20, might end up with more than the chicken bowl with brown rice and black beans he happily feasted on. Video of the kick quickly went viral. It got the attention of Buckeyes assistant director of player personnel Eron Hodges.”
— Bill Rabinowitz on a TBDBITL’s member chance to be part of the OSU football team, The Columbus Dispatch
College, the theater where dreams are churned into reality. For Austin Brizee, a member of the Ohio State marching band, the dream was to nail a 55-yard field goal for some Chipotle.
Hey @OSUCoachMeyer @OsuCoachCoombs, you guys need a kicker for Saturday? @OhioStateFB pic.twitter.com/e1UQWU0Nk1— OSU Marching Band (@TBDBITL) December 27, 2016
What became of the kick was more than Chipotle; a walk-on tryout to be part of the football team was being to take shape.
As described in the article by Columbus Dispatch reporter Bill Rabinowitz, Brizee is taking the steps to maximize on this opportunity of a lifetime. Former OSU kicker Kyle Clinton has been brought in to help Brizee work on the fundamentals of kicking, as he doesn’t have any organized football experience.
However, Clinton believes that Brizee can succeed in the tryout. Before coming to Ohio State, Brizee was attend a small college in Pennsylvania playing baseball. And before that in high school, the potential Buckeye kicker was a four-sport athlete.
The story of Brizee shows that the sky's the limit at Ohio State.
“Pryor emerged as not just a legitimate wide receiver last season, but a very good one. He led the team with 77 catches for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns,”
— Darin Gantt, NBC Sports
Now onto the NFL. As the offseason is starting to heat up, deals are being made, contracts are being dished out and signed and the Cleveland Browns are still trying to assemble something that resembles a coherent team.
One piece of the puzzle that looks to want to stay in Cleveland is none other than former Ohio Stater Terrelle Pryor. As reported in a piece by Browns reporter Mary Kay Cabot in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and picked up by Darin Gantt of profootballtalk.com for NBC Sports, Pryor has “instructed” his agents to make a deal for the quarterback-turned-wide receiver to stay in The Land.
Coach Hue Jackson rolled the dice on Pryor last season, and it payed dividends. Pryor put up some impressive numbers considering he was a wide receiver in training; in fact, Pryor pulled in four touchdowns and led the team with 77 catches.
If the man wants to stay with a team that went 1-15 last season, then I would say, “show him the money.” In fact, I would even throw in more money if he could play both QB and WR; and a blank check if he could play both at the same time.
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