Press Coverage: Analysis of Ohio State’s Special Teams Miscues and Which Injured Players Could Return to Action Against Michigan State

By Dan Hope and Andy Anders on November 7, 2023 at 3:12 pm

Ohio State isn't making any coaching changes on special teams right now.

Ryan Day said Tuesday that special teams coordinator Parker Fleming will continue to operate in that role despite several miscues this season and over the past few seasons, saying he thinks Fleming is “a great teacher and a great coach” while acknowledging that the Buckeyes’ special teams mistakes have been “unacceptable.” 

On the most recent special teams miscue, a fourth-down run attempt by Jesse Mirco on a rollout punt that wasn't successful against Rutgers, Day said it was not supposed to be a fake punt and that the communication between coaches and players has to be better going forward.

Day also gave injury updates on several players including Lathan Ransom, Denzel Burke, Tommy Eichenberg and Josh Proctor, making it sound as though Proctor will be back on the field against Michigan State while the outlook for Burke, Eichenberg and Ransom remains a bit murkier in a week where Ohio State can likely afford to play it safe with injured players.

Eleven Warriors' Dan Hope and Andy Anders discussed those topics as well as how Ohio State's secondary depth has risen to the occasion and the excitement for what should be a great environment in Ohio Stadium for the season’s lone home night game. Watch the video at the top of the page to hear what they had to say.

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