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

Ohio State will face Notre Dame in a top-five game on Saturday. Ryan Day took to the radio and met the media for a sneak preview of the match.

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

Ryan Day

On adding game plans for Notre Dame while working on the basics

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

  • “We’ve always been introducing things throughout pre-season, but in the last couple of weeks we’ve moved to Notre Dame.”

  • “The goal is to play fast, violent, strong and physically.”

On how to prepare for Notre Dame when training against teammates

  • “We are doing some good work.”

  • “You have to maintain your advantage.”

  • Day said the Ohio State players are tired of training against each other and ready to play Notre Dame on Saturday. “They’re kind of annoyed (with each other) at this point.”

On how to train his players without a game movie on Notre Dame

  • Tommy Reese does an excellent job with his crime.

  • Day said Tyler Buchner would be a threat or defense to Ohio State as he could use his arm or legs to move the chains. “Very athletic. The midfielder is very talented.”

  • “Marcus is doing an excellent job with their defense, but the Goldens are there now as well.”

  • “There will be a lot of tweaks in the game (on Saturday).”

On how his players want to watch the opening game of the season

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

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

  • With the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Horseshoe, to the College GameDay, to the 2002 National Championship Team, he said it would be a one-of-a-kind experience for his players.

About the competition for playtime

  • “It was great to have almost the whole team back (since last year).”

  • “You look at this Rose Bowl team, and we’ve almost got everyone back.”

  • Day is looking to get an experienced roster this season and what they will do against Notre Dame and other opponents.

On CJ Stroud

  • Last year, he proved that “you really can count on me”.

  • Day said Stroud doesn’t care about stats or breaking records while playing quarterback for Ohio State. “His goal is to win football matches.”

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

In the spacious reception room of Ohio

  • “It was really good to see the Rose Bowl for these guys.”

  • Day said losing Chris Olaf and Garrett Wilson would require an adjustment. “You don’t just replace first-round players like that… These guys are going to have to prove it.”

  • “Chris and Jarrett, they were fixable. Those guys must be too.”

  • Day said he is proud of Brian Hartline’s work with receivers at Ohio State. He believes Hartline is teaching them to be ready for the NFL after their career at Buckeye and has coached them to play at a high level in college.

In Dallan Hayden, Ohio running in the back room

  • Day praised Dallan Hayden for his hard work since Evan Pryor fell through with an injury. “It will be our third comeback in the match.”

  • Day said Chip Trayanum has been working on stepping back into practice and understanding what Ohio State wants out of the position. “If a bomb ever went off, Chip Trianum would actually be our fourth escape.”

Finding balance in the game of running

  • “We have spent a very, very long time running football (practically).”

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

  • Day said the offensive lineman is generating a boost forward to create running lanes for Ohio’s running backs.

On the defensive line of Notre Dame Isaiah Fosky

  • “He’s a legitimate first driver, but the other guys are talented too.”

  • Day said Ohio State can’t focus too much on Fosky, and said the Irish have plenty of talent to worry about defensively. “He’s not the only one, because they have some really good players in defence.”

On the new lawn at Ohio Stadium

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

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

  • Day said Ohio’s pitch is much smoother and his players really enjoyed getting a new playing space.

His players must attend class before training in the fall

  • “The timing of that went well.”

  • Day said his players need to find a routine while balancing classes and training. He’s grateful to get his players to spend a week in class before facing Notre Dame because it allowed them to find that routine.

  • “We keep them busy.”

About playing a night game against Notre Dame

  • “We wake up in the morning, have breakfast, and then a walking championship.”

  • Day said his players come to Woody and receive whatever medical care they need. They go back to Blackwell to get off their feet before walking onto the field.”

  • Day said the team will head to the boot but will stop at the cranial session first.

On Jim Knowles and his defense

  • “It was exciting. Our players are really interested in it. They play fast… I’m excited to see this defense play on Saturday night.”

  • Day said Michael Mayer is a hybrid weapon that can hurt the Buckeyes in a run and pass game. “We must have a plan for him.”

  • Day said you can’t say what experience Ohio State will have defensively this season. “How do you complement the experience? You can’t… When you look at the comeback of this defense, there are a lot of players who have played.”

Driving defensively

  • Leadership must be strong.

  • Day said his team has a lot of depth in the defensive line and that each one of them contributes against Notre Dame. “He starts with the defensive line.”

  • Day said Tyler Friday was an exceptional leader during fall camp. “It’s great to be back.”

On full-back Steel Chambers and his growth

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

  • “He now has a Rolodex of plays under his belt.”

  • Day Chambers said

At the end of the narrow Cade Stover find the edge

  • “I was really impressed with Kidd. He has been really good in the summer and pre-season.”

  • Day said Stuff would have an advantage and he wanted to play one of them eventually. “He’s been doing it…he has done and he’s ready for a busy year.”

  • “He has versatility.”

in special teams

  • “The special teams are a third of the match. It’s huge.”

  • “I feel really good about us guys coming back.”

  • Having strong special teams will make Ohio State an outstanding team, Day said. He also looks forward to having some younger players step up and make a name for themselves in the unit.

in Notre Dame

  • “They are a veteran team.”

  • “They played a lot of football. They will be a team that understands what it means to play in this environment.”

  • “We’ll get the best of them.”

At Notre Dame defensive coordinator Al Golden

  • Day said he trained with the Goldens at Temple as a wide reception coach.

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

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

About having recruits in town this weekend

  • “Marc Pantone and his staff are full this weekend.”

  • Day is looking forward to seeing these recruits for Ohio Stadium and this environment this weekend. “That’s the excitement about coming to Ohio State – it plays out in environments like this.”

  • “I’m not very good at division… We need to win this match, so that’s the priority.”

On using Nike soccer in practice and in games

  • Day said he was initially unfamiliar with using a different soccer ball, but eventually liked it enough to use it. “It was a big decision.”

  • Day said he loves Nike soccer. “They are very similar to the balls we’ve used in the past. Almost identical.”

  • “It made a lot of sense to use it moving forward. The guys really liked them.”

On NIL’s growing space for its players

  • “They are doing as good a job as anyone in the country (at nothing).”

  • “It will not disappear.”

  • Day said he wishes there were guidelines to the NIL that would allow some clarity to the deals. He wants his players to be smart about the deals they make during the season and to be aware of how to manage their time effectively.

Cory Dennis

In the position of the Ohio State midfielder over time

  • Dennis talked about Dwayne Haskins, Justin Fields, and CJ Stroud learning from each other. “It’s a really cool move for the Ohio State quarterback.”

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

Stroud has to pick up things in his sophomore year

  • “If you take one man, usually another opens.”

  • “CJ has done a good job developing and tracking his progress in fall camp.”

On offense and defense improve each other in practice

  • “This is Ohio. It’s iron that sharpens iron. It’s been like that for a long time here.”

  • “We’re excited to get out there on Saturday and we’ve got something to show for that.”

About the magnitude of the game Notre Dame

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

  • Dennis said the players are eager to play the Notre Dame game this weekend and want to take on an opponent who is not their teammates.

Thursday’s press conference by Ryan Day

  • “It’s going to be a fight for both sides of the ball. It’s going to be an ocean fight… We have to be the toughest team.” “Any game you win and lose is up front,” Day says.

  • “You have to try to come up with a contingency plan for what happens,” Day says, and the Buckeyes has to put together a game plan to fit the skill set of this year’s 2022 roster.

  • At CJ Stroud he gave money to the entire team for the suits, Day says “I was just impressed with his style and maturity.” Day says no one asked or expected Stroud to do this, and that he talks about how close the team is this year.

  • “There are a lot of these guys in our sophomore class playing with us,” Day says. “For a lot of these guys who came in mid-year and were now on the program for a full year, there’s been a lot of improvement across the board,” Day says.

  • On Buckeye’s defense: “It was great to see in the melee how they worked.” “Time will tell, it’s going to be a long game on Saturday night and it’s going to be a long season,” Day says.

  • Day says there are “no yardage expectations” in the running game, and that it’s just about winning the game on Saturday. Day says the Buckeyes want to control the clock and the game. Chances of winning are increasing. “I like the plan we put in,” Day says.

  • Day says there is “no update” on Parker Lewis’ eligibility status.

  • “We need to do a great job understanding this is a big game and playing with emotion and not letting emotion play us.”