Press Coverage: Ohio State Needs Better Execution in Run Game, Offensive Line Starters Unlikely to Change, Emeka Egbuka Shouldn’t Be Out Long

By Dan Hope and Andy Anders on October 10, 2023 at 3:05 pm

Five games into the regular season, Ohio State is still searching for answers in the run game.

After averaging less than two yards per carry against Maryland, Ryan Day said Tuesday he believes Ohio State has the personnel to have a successful run game, but better execution is needed, including from a coaching perspective.

While some have called for changes to Ohio State’s offensive line personnel, Day said there’s a gap between Ohio State's starters on the offensive line and its backups on that unit, leaving even bigger questions about the Buckeyes’ depth up front given the substandard performance by the starting five so far.

The Buckeyes’ run game should get a boost this week from the return of TreVeyon Henderson, but it sounds like they could be without Emeka Egbuka – though his injury isn’t expected to keep him out long-term – for this week’s game at Purdue.

While the Boilermakers are only 2-4 and a big game against Penn State looms next week, Ohio State can’t afford to overlook Purdue, considering the Buckeyes are just 3-5 since 2000 when playing the Boilermakers in West Lafayette.

Eleven Warriors’ Dan Hope and Andy Anders discuss all of those topics on this week’s episode of Press Coverage, which you can watch in the video above.

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