While momentum is building for college football teams to return to campus and the season to start as scheduled, there are still plenty of different challenges players could face this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
To discuss some of those challenges from the player's perspective, former Ohio State linebacker and current Eleven Warriors Radio Hour co-host Joshua Perry joins us on this week's Real Pod Wednesdays. Having been through the grind as a Buckeye himself, Perry gives us his insight on what players have missed out on over the past couple months, what they'll need to do to make up for lost time when team activities are allowed to resume and why – like Josh Myers and Wyatt Davis – he wouldn't have hesitated to sign a waiver to play this season despite the potentially increased risk of contracting COVID-19.
Perry also shares some memories from his Ohio State career, including which Buckeyes he played with he would compare to Michael Jordan, why he once stared down Luke Fickell after making a play in practice and a Craig Fada story that inspired Colin to call Dan “the Craig Fada of podcasting.”
After some additional discussion about what college football amid a pandemic could look like this fall – including the uncertainty that remains surrounding what happens if a player tests positive for COVID-19 – we continue our State of the Position series with a look at Ohio State's present and future at running back. What are we expecting from Trey Sermon, who else will contribute this season if Master Teague remains sidelined and how quickly could TreVeyon Henderson and Evan Pryor climb the depth chart in 2021 or 2022? We discuss all of that and more.
Finally, we discuss some of the other news and notes from around Ohio State sports this past week – including Bowen Hardman's commitment to the basketball Buckeyes and Jaelen Gill's transfer to Boston College – and answer some of your questions, including which Buckeyes we'd least like to face in a fight for our lives.