Ryan Day led Ohio State’s football team through preseason training camp last fall as the acting head coach, taking the place of Urban Meyer, who had been placed on administrative leave.

Day was at the helm as the permanent head man for the Buckeyes on Friday when they held their first preseason practice on campus.

It was a more subdued scene.

 

“This is typical preseason camp,” Day said. “Last year was atypical.”

Day said he felt more comfortable for it was his second time in the role. Many of the pre-camp traditions were similar.

In this case, though, he was also eager with a revamped group of assistants and other newcomers on the roster.

“We all have something to prove,” Day said. “The coaching staff. Offense. Defense. Special teams. We have to be hungry and willing to fight every single day.”

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Much of the intrigue surrounded the quarterbacks who are vying to replace the record-setting Dwayne Haskins Jr.

During a 30-minute viewing portion of practice open to reporters, sophomore Justin Fields was first in line in individual drills.

There is no firm timetable to pick a starting quarterback, Day said. Fields, who transferred from Georgia is competing, is expected to win the job over fellow transfers Gunnar Hoak and Chris Chugunov.

“The minute it separates, that’s when we’ll go ahead and name it,” Day said. “Naming a starter now doesn’t give you anything.”

It was the first practice for Hoak with the Buckeyes after he enrolled as a graduate transfer from Kentucky in the summer.

“It was just in helmets today, but in a short amount of time, he’s picked up the offense pretty quick,” Day said.

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