Chase Brown and Griffin Strom
September 1, 2022 at 12:51 pm

Ohio State will face Notre Dame in a top-five matchup this Saturday. Ryan Day took the airwaves and met the media in a lightning-fast bout to preview the match.

Here are some highlights from 97.1 The Fan’s Ryan Day radio show:

Ryan Day

Add a game plan for Notre Dame while tackling the basics

  • “We need to be ready for this game.”

  • “We’ve been adding stuff throughout the preseason, but the last two weeks we’ve moved to Notre Dame.”

  • “Our goal is to play very fast, violent, tough and physical.”

On how to prepare for Notre Dame when practicing with teammates

  • “We did some really good work.”

  • “You have to keep the edge.”

  • Day said Ohio State players are tired of practicing with each other and are set to play Notre Dame on Saturday. “At this point, they (each other) were kind of pissed off.”

On how to coach his players without the Notre Dame game movie

  • “Tommy Reese has done a great job attacking.”

  • Day said Tyler Buchner would be a threat or Ohio State’s defense because he could use his arms or legs to move the chains. “Very athletic. Very talented quarterback.”

  • “Marcus does a great job defensively, but now Al Gordon is there too.”

  • “(Saturday) there will be a lot of in-game adjustments.”

On how he wants his players to see the season opener

  • “What a great opportunity for all of us.”

  • Day said he wants his players to get a feel for the whole environment of Ohio Stadium this weekend.

  • With the 100th anniversary of the horseshoe, to college game day, to the 2002 national championship team, he said it will be a one-of-a-kind experience for his players.

Competition for playing time

  • “It’s great to have almost the entire team (from last year) back.”

  • “You look at that Rose Bowl team, we got pretty much everyone back.”

  • Day is looking forward to having an experienced roster this season and how they will play against Notre Dame and other opponents.

CJ Stroud

  • Last year, he proved ‘You can really count on me. ‘”

  • Day said Stroud wasn’t concerned with stats or breaking records when he played quarterback for Ohio State. “His goal is to win football games.”

  • “You can really see his growth as a leader.”

Spacious reception room at Ohio State University

  • “It’s nice to see those guys’ rose bowls.”

  • Day said losing Chris Olaf and Garrett Wilson will require adjustments. “You don’t just replace two first-rounders like that…these guys have to prove it.”

  • “Chris and Garrett, they’re important. Those people need it too.”

  • Day said he has always been proud of Brian Hartlin’s partnership with Ohio State wide receiver. He credits Hartline for teaching them to be ready for the NFL after their Buckeye career and training them to play at a high level in college.

Running back room at Ohio State University’s Dahlan Hayden Field

  • Day praised Dallan Hayden for his hard work since Evan Pryor’s injury. “He will be our third time playing.”

  • Day said Chip Trayanum has been practicing running back and understands what Ohio State wants from the position. “If the bomb went off, Chip Trayanum would actually be our fourth running back.”

Finding balance in the running game

  • “(In practice) we spend a lot of time managing football.”

  • “We want to stay around 250 (passing) and 250 (running) in our offense.”

  • Day said the offensive lineman has been pushing forward to create a running lane for Ohio State’s running backs.

Defensive lineman Isaiah Fosky at Notre Dame

  • “He’s a legitimate first-rounder, but there are other guys who are talented as well.”

  • Day said Ohio State can’t focus too much on Forsky, and said the Irishman has enough talent to worry about defense. “He’s not the only one because they have some really good defenders.”

On the new lawn of Ohio Stadium

  • “It’s a new track. It’s a fast track.”

  • “The good news is that they replaced our indoor facilities. It’s the same thing in the stadium … we were able to get a foothold there.”

  • Day said Ohio Stadium’s turf is smoother and his players really like having a new playing field on game days.

About his players taking classes before fall training

  • “Its timing is good.”

  • Day said his players need to find a routine while balancing lessons and practice. He was grateful to have his players in the classroom for a week before facing Notre Dame because it allowed them to find that habit.

  • “We keep them busy.”

About the night game with Notre Dame

  • “We get up in the morning, have breakfast, and go to the tournament.”

  • Day said his players came to Woody and received any medical care they needed. They went back to Blackwell and stood up and walked to the stadium. ”

  • The team will walk to Shoe, but will stop at the Skull Session first, Day said.

About Jim Knowles and his defense

  • “It’s exciting. Our players are really engaged. They’re playing fast … I’m excited to see this defensive game on Saturday night.”

  • Day said Notre Dame tight end Michael Meyer is a mixed weapon that can hurt the Buckeyes in the running and passing game. “We have to make a plan for him.”

  • Day said you can’t quantify the experience Ohio State brings on the defensive end this season. “How do you add experience? You can’t… watch this defense come back, many people have played it.”

About having leadership on the defensive end

  • “The leadership has to be strong.”

  • Day said his team has a lot of depth on the defensive line and each of them could contribute against Notre Dame. “Start with the line of defense.”

  • Day said Taylor has been an extraordinary leader during fall training camp Friday. “It would be great to have him back.”

About Linebacker Steele Chambers and His Growth

  • “He stepped in directly last season and did a really good job.”

  • “He has a lot of drama on his hands right now.”

  • Day Said Chambers

Find an edge at tight end Cade Stover

  • “I’m very impressed with Cade. He’s had a really good offseason, summer and preseason.”

  • Day said Stover has the advantage and hopes he can hit one at the tight end. “He’s been doing it…he’s been and he’s ready for a big year.”

  • “He’s versatile.”

in the special group

  • “Special teams make up a third of the game. It’s huge.”

  • “I feel really good about our returning players.”

  • Having a solid specials team will make Ohio State an elite team, Day said. He is also expecting some young players to come forward and make a name for themselves in the team.

Notre Dame de Paris

  • “They are an experienced team.”

  • “They play a lot of football. They’re going to be a team that understands what it’s like to play in this environment.”

  • “We’ll get their best chance.”

Notre Dame defensive coordinator Al Golden

  • Day said he coached wide receivers with Al Golden at Temple.

  • “He did a great job with his players.”

  • “His team will be well organised and well trained.”

Recruiting new recruits in town this weekend

  • “Mark Pantoni and his staff had a very busy weekend.”

  • Day is looking forward to those recruits seeing Ohio Stadium and that environment this weekend. “That’s the excitement of coming to Ohio State — it works in an environment like this.”

  • “I’m not good at dividing… We need to win this game, so it’s a priority.”

About using Nike Football in practice and games

  • Day said it was unfamiliar at first with the different soccer balls, but ended up loving them and using them. “This is a big decision.”

  • Day said he loves Nike football. “They’re very, very similar to the balls we’ve used in the past. Pretty much the same.”

  • “It makes sense to use them going forward. These guys really like them.”

On the growing NIL space of his players

  • “Their jobs are as good as anyone in this country (in the NIL).”

  • “It’s not going away.”

  • Day said he hoped the NIL would have some guidelines that would make the deal clearer. He wants his players to be smart about their trades during the season and realize how to manage their time effectively.

Corey Dennis

Ohio State’s quarterback positions over time

  • Dennis talked about Dwayne Haskins, Justin Fields and CJ Stroud all learning from each other. “The Ohio State quarterback transition is really cool.”

  • Dennis said Kyle McCord and Devin Brown now have the same opportunity to learn from Stroud as he plays against Buckeyes opponents.

Packing up in Stroud’s second year

  • “If you take one person away, the other person usually opens up.”

  • “CJ has done a great job developing and progressing in the fall camp.”

On the mutual promotion of offense and defense in practice

  • “That’s Ohio State. It’s iron grinding iron. It’s been here a long time.”

  • “We’re excited to be out on Saturday and have something to show.”

About the size of the Notre Dame race

  • “That’s why you came to Ohio State. It’s for games like this.”

  • Dennis said the players are eager to play Notre Dame this weekend and want to face an opponent who is not their teammate.

Ryan Day’s Thursday press conference

  • “It’s going to be a battle on both ends of the floor. It’s going to be a battle on the perimeter … We have to be a tougher team,” Day said. “Any game is won and lost.”

  • “You’ve got to try to have a contingency plan for what’s going on,” Day said, and the Buckeyes have to develop a game plan to fit the skill set of this year’s 2022 roster.

  • Speaking of CJ Stroud spending money on suits for the entire team, Day said, “I’ve been very impressed with his approach and maturity.” Day said no one asked or expected Stroud to do so, stating that How close the team is this year.

  • “There were a lot of people in that sophomore class who were playing for us,” Dai said. “For those who have been in the middle of many years, now they have participated in the program for a whole year and have improved a lot overall.”

  • On Buckeyes defense: “It’s great to see how they work in the scrimmage.” Day said: “Time will tell, it’s going to be a long game Saturday night, it’s going to be a long season .”

  • Day said “there’s no expectation about yardage” in running games, it’s just about winning on Saturday. Day said the Buckeyes wanted to control the clock and the game. “The chances of winning are getting better,” Day said. “I like our plan.”

  • Day said there was “no update” on Parker Lewis’ eligibility.

  • “We need to have a good understanding that this is a big game and play the game with emotions, not let emotions play with us.”