COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Ohio State coach Ryan Day is set to speak at 11:00 a.m. as the Buckeyes continue fall camp. Defensive coordinator Jim Knowles will also speak with the media Monday.
You can watch their press conference in the video player above.
Ohio State is less than two weeks away from their top-five matchup with Notre Dame on Saturday, September 3 under the lights at Ohio Stadium.
Day says he and his staff tell their players they are going to play to the level of their training in “high-pressure” environments, which is exactly what week one will be. Day said the players should feel pressure during the middle of the week so they’re fully prepared for Saturdays.
“They’re playing with great confidence, they’re playing with great energy,” Day said about the Buckeyes’ defense. “We have a better feel for where guys are and who they are . . . it was a really inexperienced group. This year is a little different.”
Knowles said 75% of his defense has been installed and he’s “very comfortable” with where the Buckeyes are at right now. He says they’ll have to “pair it down now and get specific” based on who they’re playing each week. Knowles says he never expected to get to 100% installation and added he has “no concerns” with the defense.
“I know some of them went through tough times last year. They want to avenge that,” Knowles said. We don’t talk about the past at all. I wasn’t here. But we do talk about creating something special and reviving that Silver Bullet culture.”
This week, safeties, cornerbacks and wide receivers will also answer questions during the last week of fall camp.
Day says the cornerbacks, which have dealt with a few minor injuries, will be at full strength going into week one.
“I don’t have that many concerns. Now that the corners are coming back, I feel good about what we have,” Knowles said.
So far, there has only been one significant injury after running back Evan Pryor suffered a season-ending knee injury at practice last week. Day says true freshman Dallan Hayden has been impressive and will be trusted if called upon.
“We’ve been really been impressed with Dallan,” Day said. “He’s got a lot of talent and he’s our third running back right now. If he continues to grow we’re going to continue to trust putting him in the game.”
Day added they brought linebacker Chip Trayanum over to running back for a few looks. Trayanum played running back at Arizona State before transferring to OSU in the offseason. Day says he’s a natural at the position and the Buckeyes will use him there in emergency situations.
Day says wide receiver and captain Kamryn Babb “had a setback” but said he hopes he’ll be back on the field in a couple weeks. Babb has persevered through four ACL tears and earned the Block O jersey this season.