Ryan Day Says Injuries to Several Buckeye Starters Are “Not Long-Term”: “We’re Gonna Need All Those Guys For This Weekend”

By Griffin Strom on September 19, 2022 at 7:10 pm
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Ryan Day delivered some good news for Buckeye fans during his Monday appearance on 97.1 The Fan's Buckeye Roundtable show.

After evaluating the health status of banged-up starters TreVeyon Henderson, Mike Hall, Josh Proctor and Tanner McCalister after this past weekend's Toledo game, he doesn't expect long-term injury issues for any of them.

But Day didn't necessarily guarantee they'd all be full-go for Saturday's matchup with Wisconsin, as the Buckeye head coach said members of that group – who he was asked about by name on the radio – are working through rehab at the start of the week.

“All of those are not long-term injuries. So we’re gonna do the best we can to get them healthy," Day said. "They’re working hard on their rehab because we’re gonna need all those guys for this weekend.”

Henderson left the game with an apparent leg injury after the first drive against the Rockets, and Proctor and McCalister didn't even suit up for the contest. Hall was fully dressed, but ultimately held out of action on Saturday.

Starting corner Cameron Brown went to the locker room in the first half and didn't play again thereafter, but Day was not asked specifically about Brown's health status during his radio appearance.

Beyond the injury update, Day also reviewed the explosive offensive performance from the Buckeyes against Toledo and previewed the forthcoming Big Ten opener against Wisconsin. Check out a bullet-point breakdown of everything Day said on Buckeye Roundtable below:

  • On Ohio State's offensive explosion against Toledo: "It all starts from the beginning, getting into a rhythm." Day says the Buckeyes had a good mix of passing and running in the mix play-calling-wise.
  • Day says "it's good for the young guys to get out there" in a game like this past weekend's. Day says the Buckeyes "can't pat ourselves on the back" after the win, though.
  • Day says "it was good to see" Javontae Jean-Baptiste made some big plays against the Rockets, and that he graded out as a champion.
  • Day says "all of those are not long-term injuries. ... We'll do our best to get them healthy, they're working hard on rehab."
  • On the Wisconsin defense: "They're tough, they're big, they're sound and they have really good players. Year in and year out, Wisconsin's defense has been one of the best in the conference and one of the best in the country. It starts up front." Day says the Buckeyes are "gonna have to be physical in practice" and are "gonna have to run the football" against the Badgers.
  • On the Buckeye tight ends, Day says it was "good to see the ball go Cade's way" and "good to see Mitch Rossi get in the end zone." Day says "those guys have been weapons for us."
  • On TC Caffey's touchdown run: "I gotta tell you we weren't really surprised. TC has been a bright spot for us in practice." Day says Caffey has a lot of similarities to Miyan Williams as a freshman.
  • Day says "C.J. (Stroud)'s a leader, and you felt that Saturday." Day says Stroud has worked hard on his mobility and propensity to make plays while scrambling.
  • Day says Ohio State "spent a lot of time talking about discipline" this past week after committing a lot of penalties in the first two games.
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