Ryan Day made his first public comments of game week in Columbus on Monday evening.
Joining the Buckeye Roundtable on 97.1 The Fan, Day answered questions about the progress of the 2022 Ohio State roster and what to expect from Saturday's meeting between the No. 2 Buckeyes and fifth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Day only spoke for approximately six minutes – he’ll have his full game-week press conference on Tuesday at noon – but Eleven Warriors listened and took note of what the Ohio State head coach had to say on the radio below.
To hear what Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman said about the Buckeyes during his Monday press conference in South Bend, click right here.
- "This is something we've been planning for. ... Obviously we knew this week was coming." Day says the Buckeyes had "a good physical practice" today.
- Day says Ohio State already got into a new routine with the players having class last Tuesday, which has given the team more than a week to adjust ahead of the season opener.
- Day says Ohio State is still trying to mix in as many "good vs. good" or "ones vs. twos" as possible ahead of the first game.
- Day says "knock on wood" that the team won't have any additional serious injuries before the Notre Dame game.
- On the young receivers stepping up in the absence of Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson, Day says "they do have some snaps under their belt" and that they "have some confidence" going into the season.
- Day says "everybody's of equal importance" on the Buckeyes and says the scout team plays a big role in the team's success.
- Day says Northwestern and Nebraska was "unique" but thought the quality of play looked good between both teams in Ireland.
- On defenses switching more to five DB sets, Day says teams will continue to "match personnel" and thinks it will happen "more and more" as the years go by.
- On the excitement from coaches and captains, Day says "every year is a different opportunity." Day says "they have the pen to write the story of what it is." Day says "the opportunity is here, the urgency's gonna be here and we gotta seize this moment and take it and run because we're in control."