COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Ohio State football coach Ryan Day spoke with the media Tuesday after the Buckeyes third spring football practice.
You can watch the press conference in the video player above.
The quarterback competition continues in Columbus as Kyle McCord and Devin Brown fight for the starting spot.
“We don’t need extraordinary stuff,” Day said. “We need them to take care of the football and lead the offense . . . you’ve also got to know to be aggressive . . . There’s that balance you need to find and some guys can find that easier than others. We’ve been fortunate to find the guys that have got a feel for that. it’s probably a big part of the ‘it’ factor people talk about.”
Day did admit he looks for extraordinary traits like the ones shown by Dwayne Haskins, Cardale Jones, Joe Burrow, Justin Fields and C.J. Stroud. When they recognize those traits in a QB, the coaching staff emphasizes how they can use them in a game. Day was asked about the extraordinary traits for McCord and Brown.
“I probably won’t get into that right now,” Day said. “I’ll probably wait until we get into midway through or maybe toward the end of spring and kind of see where it goes because there are going to be a lot of eye balls on them and I think for quarterbacks what they have to do is just continue to stay hungry and just keep working and not listen tot the noise, so the least amount I can say the better for them.”
Another focal point of the spring has been defensive coordinator Jim Knowles’ new approach to coaching the defense during this 15-day practice window.
“It’s been fun to watch him work and how he gets to a certain point where he wants to get to a certain number of reps for something to be ready to use in a game,” Day said. “It’s my job as a coach to make sure we have enough plays for him to get those looks.”
Day was asked about OSU’s competition at cornerback between returning starter Denzel Burke, Jordan Hancock and Davison Igbinosun.
“As a group right now they’re competing, they’re challenging and I don’t think we could’ve asked for a better start through the first three days,” Day said.
Day said other than quarterback and the secondary, the position he thinks about the most is the offensive line. Day said it’s been hard to judge OSU’s offensive tackle options because they hadn’t practiced with pads until Tuesday, so he will go back and look at the film to start figuring out who belongs in the front five.