COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Ohio State returned to the practice field Thursday morning, with coach Ryan Day laying out what he wants to see during preseason camp.
Day is speaking with the media now. You can watch his comments live in the player above.
“It’s just the beginning of a long, long journey,” Day said. “This time of year is great. Preseason you learn a lot about your team . . . a lot can be done over these couple of weeks.”
Day and the Buckeyes went 11-2 in 2021, defeating Utah in the Rose Bowl and finishing sixth in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll. But the season was marred by the team’s first loss to Michigan in a decade, which kept them from advancing to the Big Ten championship game and potentially the College Football Playoff.
“This is a whole new group. We’ve got to go out there and prove ourselves,” Day said.
Several key players return on offense, including quarterback C.J. Stroud, running back TreVeyon Henderson, and receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba.
“Our offense hasn’t done anything. This is a whole new group. We’ve got to go out there and prove ourselves,” Day said. “If we can play complimentary football this year, then that gives us a chance to win week one.”
The focus of the offseason was reshaping a defense that allowed 22.8 points per game, with Jim Knowles hired away from Oklahoma State to become defensive coordinator.
“Our defense has more experience this year. I like what we’re doing schematically,” Day said. “The proof will be in the pudding when we play September 3rd but I like what we’re doing.”
The season kicks off on Sept. 3 against Notre Dame at Ohio Stadium.
Running backs coach Tony Alford and OSU’s tailbacks will be available for interviews Friday, August 4.