Ohio State's acting head coach Ryan Day as well as Buckeye defensive coordinator and former Rutgers head man Greg Schiano met with the media to preview the team's Big Ten opener against the Scarlet Knights.
Here are the highlights of what was said:
- When it comes to Urban Meyer returning to coach the team in practice this week, Day said he was happy that it brings back an element of normalcy.
- How did Meyer react? "Coach is coach," said Day. "I know he was excited to get back here."
- Day believes it will be easier for him to be mindful of all that is going on versus Rutgers now that he has one game of experience under his belt. That's especially true because so much of what happens on a game day is established during the week, meaning Meyer is doing most of the hard work now.
- Meyer did give Day some feedback on how his coaching debut went. "You only had to punt once, huh?" Meyer said.
- Ohio State defensive back Jordan Fuller (hamstring) was a game-time decision before being held out against Oregon State. He's getting treatment today, and they will evaluate him in practice this week, but they sound hopeful of Fuller's return.
- Day texted his congratulations to former Buckeye, now LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and his parents following the Tigers 33-17 win over Miami. There was a scuffle between the two teams before the contest, and Day wasn't surprised to see Burrow was in the middle of that. "He's a competitor."
- Schiano was pleased with how the defense performed against Oregon State...for the most part. There were 7 plays that resulted in 82 percent of the Beavers offense, and the execution on those, Schiano said, was unacceptable.
- He may only be a freshman, but because he is a New Jersey kid, Schiano is familar with Rutgers quarterback Artur Sitkowski. "He is a big, strong armed, drop-back passer with good mobility." Schiano said.
- Schiano is also familiar with Rutgers offensive coordinator John McNulty, and that goes both ways. In fact, McNulty is familar enough with Schiano that the Buckeye defense will be changing some of their verbiage this week. (McNulty was Schiano's offensive coordinator when Schiano coached the Scarlet Knights and was his quarterbacks coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.)
- Linebacker Tuf Borland is still recovering from an Achilles injury, and so the medical staff wanted him limited to ten plays last week. They are still working on determining how much he should play against Rutgers.
- While Schiano admitted that he can get sentimental about his time at Rutgers, he said that feeling gets set aside this week. He also said that as early as 2002, he was pushing for the school to join the Big Ten, which it eventually did in 2014.
- Conceding that they struggled on some screen plays, Schiano pointed out they will get more work on that this week with the offense the Scarlet Knights run.
- The play of Dre'Mont Jones and Nick Bosa may have been "off the charts," but Schiano said there were some missed assignments by the defensive line vs. Oregon State. Their offside penalties were especially disconcerting, because they give the opponent an "automatic deep shot."