After nearly two weeks of a media blackout surrounding the Ohio State Buckeyes football program, thanks to the ongoing investigation into how head coach Urban Meyer handled accusations of domestic violence against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, interim head coach Ryan Day provided an update halfway through fall camp on Friday afternoon.
Overall, Day notes that fans should be proud of how the players and coaches have used the difficult first two weeks of camp forge “together as a team.” He also goes on to talk about how the coaches are focused on getting the most out of the players, and praised the eight new players who have already had the black stripes removed from their helmets; Taron Vincent, Teradja Mitchell, Dallas Gant, Tate Duarte, Brian Sneed, Kory Curtis, Chris Olave, and Amari McMahon.
From there, Day broke down each of the nine position groups. Starting first with the quarterbacks, the interim head coach noted how young the group is, and noted that they collectively have big shows to fill with J.T. Barrett now in the NFL.
He said that Dwayne Haskins and Tate Martell are taking the majority of the practice snaps as Matthew Baldwin is still a few weeks from being 100 percent healthy.
Day goes on to praise the work ethic of running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber, and says that young backs Master Teague and Brian Snead have “both shown flashes of brilliance.”
The coach doesn’t give nearly the level of specificity about the position battles that most fans would like, but he did make it sound like things were progressing well.
Day also notes that the “camp” part of the fall ends on Saturday, and the following two weeks will get the team into their regular schedule, with classes starting on Tuesday. Other than thanking the administration and media, Day finished the update writing, “We are honored to be Buckeyes and can’t wait to see and you in the ‘Shoe on September 1!”