Who is Ryan Day? Meet Ohio State's New Quarterbacks Coach

By Tim Shoemaker on January 3, 2017 at 12:35 pm
New Ohio State quarterbacks coach Ryan Day.

Boston College Athletics

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Following Ohio State's 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl, head coach Urban Meyer hinted at the possibility of offensive changes.

Ryan Day as a Coach
Year Team Duty
2002 New Hampshire Tight Ends
2003-04 Boston College Graduate Assistant
2005 Florida Graduate Assistant
2006 Temple Wide Receivers
2007–11 Boston College Wide Receivers
2012 Temple Offensive Coordinator/WRs
2013–14 Boston College Offensive Coordinator/QBs
2015 Philadelphia Eagles Quarterbacks
2016 San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks

On Tuesday, a change was made as the school announced the hiring of Ryan Day as quarterbacks coach. Tim Beck, the Buckeyes' co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach the previous two seasons, is "pursuing other opportunities," according to the school. There were multiple reports stating Beck is headed to Texas to become the offensive coordinator under Tom Herman. 

Day comes to Columbus with 15 years of coaching experience — both at the NFL and collegiate level. He most recently served as the quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers under Chip Kelly. Day also coached quarterbacks for the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2015 season.

Prior to his two-year stint in the NFL, Day spent time at Temple and Boston College. He was the Owls' wide receivers coach in 2006 and then the offensive coordinator in 2012. In between, Day coached wide receivers at Boston College from 2007-2011. He then became the Eagles' offensive coordinator under Steve Addazio — Meyer's good friend — in 2013 and 2014 before making the jump to the NFL.

Day began his coaching career as a Boston College graduate assistant and then spent a year under Meyer as at Florida in 2005 as a GA, as well.

With Day running the offense in 2013, Boston College running back Andre Williams ran for more than 2,000 yards and finished as a Heisman Trophy finalist. He also worked with current Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan during his first stint at BC. In the NFL, Day coached Sam Bradford during his record-setting year with the Philadelphia Eagles and worked with Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert this past season with the 49ers.

Day inherits an insanely talented quarterback room in 2017 led by, presumably, J.T. Barrett. Joe Burrow, Dwayne Haskins, Tate Martell and Stephen Collier are the other current scholarship quarterbacks for the 2017 season.

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