Hope everyone enjoyed their three-day weekend. While today feels like the most Monday a Tuesday could be, it’s made a little easier by the fact that we are now only 11 days away from Ohio State football.
There is lots to talk about today, as we got to hear from Ryan Day and Justin Fields this afternoon as well as quarterbacks coach Corey Dennis. Without further ado, let’s get to today’s headlines.
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
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From around the gridiron...
As previously mentioned, the Ohio State QB braintrust in Day, Dennis and Fields met with the media on Tuesday. The Heisman Trophy-contending second-year QB was up first.
Fields said he wrote down all of his goals this offseason and then went to work to try and get better to achieve those goals. Heading into year two, he feels he has gotten better in almost every aspect of his game.
“I want to be the best quarterback in college football. I want to be the best quarterback I can be.” Justin Fields said this was his drive to get better this offseason.— Bucknuts (@Bucknuts247) October 13, 2020
Just like you and me, Fields said he cannot wait for the season to start. He and Day have gotten together every weekday Monday through Friday while he was in Columbus during the offseason to go over film and pick Day’s brain about the ideas behind different plays.
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields: "I know I've said it 10 times, but y'all don’t know how excited I am to play."— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) October 13, 2020
He and the rest of the team are still not over the way the season ended last year, but Fields feels as though the whole team has worked that much harder because of that loss to Clemson. Admitting that he may be a tad biased, Fields said he thinks that Ryan Day is the best quarterback coach in the country.
Fields said he doesn’t think it matters what school you go to in terms of getting drafted, but how you get coached and the work you put in. He said he believes Ryan Day is the best coach in the country.— Bucknuts (@Bucknuts247) October 13, 2020
Corey Dennis was on the mic next, and he was asked about the development of the guys behind Fields on the depth chart. He recognizes that with everything going on right now in terms of COVID-19, all of the QBs on the roster must be ready to start because you never know what could happen.
Dennis said both freshman QBs are coming along, but wouldn’t name either one the official backup just yet. He did, however, say that C.J. Stroud, Jack Miller or Gunnar Hoak would be ready to go if they needed them to play in a game tomorrow.
Ohio State quarterbacks coach Corey Dennis meeting with the media now.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) October 13, 2020
Dennis said every quarterback in the room has to prepare like he'll be the next starting quarterback at Ohio State, because you never know what will happen, especially this year with the threat of COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/BiFNx1jl7L
Like Fields before him, he praised Ryan Day’s coaching, and compared Ohio State’s system to that of an NFL offense. On Fields himself, he said that the QB has always been a smart guy, but all the extra time this offseason has really allowed him to build a deep understanding of the offense and improve his craft.
Dennis said he believes #OhioState’s system is similar to an NFL offense. He echoed Justin Fields that Ryan Day is one of the best coaches in America. He called Day “invaluable for a quarterback."— Bucknuts (@Bucknuts247) October 13, 2020
Day was the last to speak on Tuesday, and he talked about how it is an exciting time to be a part of this Ohio State passing game. His goal is to have the Buckeyes’ quarterback in the Heisman race and play his way into a first-round NFL Draft pick.
He and the rest of the staff have noticed how poorly other defenses have looked around the country early on this season, and so they are working hard to prevent that on their own team.
Day points out tackling and wrapping up have been issues in other college football games this year. He also said the offense can’t put the defense in tough spots with turnovers.— Patrick Murphy (@_Pat_Murphy) October 13, 2020
Day said the team has been working on all of the little things, and while Ohio State has a chance to do something special this year, he can't let he and the guys get too ahead of themselves. They have to play smart, take care of the football, and play with toughness.
The second-year head coach talked a bit about his young defense, especially in the secondary. He called Jordan Fuller an “unsung hero” and that his current crop of safeties have “shown flashes” in practices as they look to find his replacement. His biggest area of concern, however, is the depth along the interior of the defensive line.
Day said the inside defensive tackles are probably his biggest concern in terms of depth for #OhioState. He is hopeful a few of the injured guys will get back.— Bucknuts (@Bucknuts247) October 13, 2020
In perhaps a bit of gamesmanship from Day, he says Ohio State has been toying with the idea of using some two running back sets — an added look opposing defenses will now have to gameplan for. The Buckeyes have no shortage of weapons on offense, and Day says the freshman wide receivers have all made big plays as they continue to improve.
Ryan Day throws out there that Ohio State has spent some time practicing with multiple running backs in the game at once, which is ~definitely~ not something he said to force opposing defensive coordinators to prepare for it.— Colin Hass-Hill (@chasshill) October 13, 2020
Like everyone else that has spoke to the media this offseason, Day could not have enough good things to say about Justin Fields and everything he has done to improve to this point.
#Buckeyes coach Ryan Day on QB Justin Fields' development: "We’re getting to the point where he hears a call, he knows what I’m thinking, he knows what [offensive coordinator] Kevin Wilson’s thinking. That's really important. That’s when you can take it to the next level."— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) October 13, 2020
We also may have gotten a little peek into how Ohio State’s only undetermined starting offensive line spot will shake out, as Day says Nicholas Petit-Frere has spent most of his time practicing with the ones. He says that both he and Paris Johnson Jr. will play this season, but specifically discussed how impressed he is with NPF in practice.
Day said “they’re both doing great” when asked about the right tackle position. He said Nicholas Petit-Frere has taken most of the reps with the ones. But both NPF And Paris Johnson Jr. will play.— Bucknuts (@Bucknuts247) October 13, 2020
Ryan Day feels your pain of Ohio State-less college football Saturday’s, calling it “torture” to have to watch all these other teams play while the Buckeyes are still on the sideline.
Ryan Day on watching other CFB games while #Buckeyes wait: "Most of it's been torture. Watching these games is really hard. ... Just want to be playing."— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) October 13, 2020
In other news, Austin Mack may get his first chance to play a game in the NFL this weekend.
From everywhere else...
J.T. Barrett was a very polarizing player among the fanbase during his time at Ohio State, but it is impossible to deny that he seems like a really kind human being off the field.
Thank you to everyone @HHBreakfastClub for having me out this am and to everyone at @Dream_On_3 for all you do. Enjoyed meeting Philip a huge Buckeye fan and we even gave his favorite all time Buckeye a call @JT_theQB4th pic.twitter.com/QxuHMaGQVN— Urban Meyer (@CoachUrbanMeyer) October 13, 2020
The New Orleans Saints are trying to play their games at LSU to get fans into the stands. I don't quite understand the rush to get thousands of people together in a crowd during a pandemic, but then again I don't understand a lot of what happens in SEC country.
With New Orleans shut down and its Mayor Latoya Cantrell repeatedly declining to allow the Saints to have limited-capacity fans, team officials are meeting today with LSU officials about hosting upcoming games at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La, per Saints' official Greg Bensel.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 13, 2020
Two GOATs discuss their greatness via memes on the internet. 2020.
Apple has solved the problem that millions of iPhone users have been complaining about for eons: the box the phone comes in is too big. Thank you for your service, Tim Cook.
Apple is no longer including headphones or a power adapter in the iPhone box, but it will still come with a USB-C power cord— Rich DeMuro (@richontech) October 13, 2020
That results in a box that’s also smaller#appleevent pic.twitter.com/PqhWZC5rhh