“Confident. I’ve put a tremendous amount of work into it and a tremendous amount of time and I feel like I’m as ready as I can be right now to go.”
With center Michael Jordan declaring for the NFL Draft, Ohio State will be starting their fourth different center in the last four years at the start of the 2019 season. Josh Myers is expected to be the offensive lineman tabbed to take over for Jordan, and he has some big shoes to fill. Not only has the last three starters at center for Ohio State been named All-Americans, but Pat Elflein and Billy Price won the Rimington Award as the best center in college football in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
Even though Myers was Jordan’s backup in 2018, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa already has a tremendous amount of confidence in Myers’ ability to play the position. Had there been an injury on the interior of Ohio State’s offensive line, Studrawa was ready to plug Myers in at center and move Jordan to one of the guard positions. Even if Jordan had returned for his senior season, Myers was slated to be the starting center and Jordan would be moved back to guard.
Myers is already confident in his ability to play the center position, especially after his work at the position in spring practice, where things started to click. With Myers entering 2019 as just a redshirt sophomore, he could give the Buckeyes something they haven’t had lately, which is the same starter at center for more than a year.
“For a lot of reasons I’m ready. It’s something I’ve been working for my whole career. I’ve been exposed to some great coaches along the way and exposed to some high-level coaching and going to use something from each of those coaches that we’re going to be a culture that way and my philosophy.”
Just over two years ago, Ryan Day was named co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Ohio State. Now the 39-year-old is running the show for the Buckeyes as head coach. Many are wondering if Day is ready to run such a high-profile college football program, but he has already had a taste of what it’s like to be the head coach at Ohio State, posting a 3-0 record as interim head coach while Urban Meyer was suspended to start the 2018 season.
Now that Day is the Ohio State head coach, there is a thought by some that he won’t be able works with the quarterbacks as much, but Day says that won’t be the case. Day will still be involved with the quarterbacks and working to help them better themselves since the offense goes through them, which is good news for Justin Fields, Tate Martell, and the rest of the Ohio State quarterbacks. Ohio State head coaches working closely with the quarterbacks would follow the lead of recent head coaches Urban Meyer and Jim Tressel.
Despite being a young head coach, Day has plenty of experience to build on, as he coaching career started back in 2002 at New Hampshire as tight ends coach. Day has worked under some of the best minds in the game like Chip Kelly and Urban Meyer, and now it is his time to run the show. While Day won’t copy the styles of those he coached under before, he plans to take something from everyone and create his own style. If the three games he coached early in 2018 are any indication, Ohio State is in for a fun ride while Day is the head coach.
“It’s a great way to measure up our team versus the best team in the country. It’s going to show us where we are and how far we have to come. It’s a great challenge for the girls.”
Ohio State women’s ice hockey interim associate head coach Andrew Cassels via Griffin Strom, The Lantern
Ohio State’s women’s ice hockey team is currently ranked seventh in the nation, but they’ll get a good idea of where they stand this weekend when they host a pair of games against Wisconsin, the top ranked team in the country. The Badgers have not only lost just one game of the 20 they’ve played so far this season, but they are first in the country in scoring margin, and second in the country in goals scored.
Despite Wisconsin looking nearly unbeatable, Ohio State can go into this weekend’s pair of games with a bit of confidence, as they took two games from the Badgers last year. While things aren’t exactly the same since their last meetings, Ohio State does have goalie Andrea Braendli to try and slow down the Wisconsin attack. The freshman goaltender is eighth in the country with a .939 save percentage.
Ohio State is confident they can put some offensive pressure on the Badgers this weekend, which is something Wisconsin’s opponents haven’t been able to do much of this weekend. The Badgers have outscored opponents 81-23 this year, but if the Buckeyes can create some consistent pressure it could create some doubt in Wisconsin and allow for an upset by the Buckeyes. With six weekends of hockey left before the conference championships for the Buckeyes, a couple wins this weekends could close the gap in the conference standings.
STICK TO SPORTS
- Homage and Land-Grant Brewing are teaming up to honor Mr. Club Trillion, Mark Titus.
- ‘The Price is Right Live’ is coming back to Columbus next month.
- Columbus checks in at No. 47 on the New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2019 countdown.
- Thanks to Ohio State CFAES scientists, the bright blue dye used in M&M’s will now come from natural plant sources.
- With The Sopranos celebrating its 20th anniversary this week, more details are coming out about the prequel that is in the works.