Live updates from Big Ten media day: Ohio State's Ryan Day talks OSU football on final day
Ohio State football takes center stage during the final day of the Big Ten media days on Friday in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The four-time defending, currently favored by many to repeat, Big Ten champions are represented by head coach Ryan Day along players defensive end Zach Harrison, tight end Jeremy Ruckert and offensive lineman Thayer Munford.
The Buckeyes are the final team scheduled to address the media on Friday.
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This is only the second time Day has arrived at Big Ten media days as the Buckeyes head coach. Last season's media days were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ruckert was a late addition to the media day as standout receiver Chris Olave was expected to attend.
Defensive tackles Jack Sawyer and J.T. Tuimoloau will "hopefully" play a lot this fall.
The Buckeyes have a pair of freshman defensive linemen that recruiting analysts believe will make a huge impact during their college career. Ohio State head coach Ryan Day admitted he is hopeful that happens this year. Of the two, Day believes that Jack Sawyer will initially see more playing time. That's because J.T. Tuimoloau just recently arrived on campus. "So it's going to be a little bit of a different lead-in to the season for him, but there's a long way to January," said Day.
On the other side of the ball, Day observed that offensive lineman Harry Miller has recovered well from offseason shoulder surgery.
Ryan Day discusses his Ohio State players making money off their name, image and likeness.
Alabama's Nick Saban wasn't shy about predicting signal caller Bryce Young could make $1 million as a starter for the Crimson Tide now that the NCAA allows him to profit off his name, image and likeness. Day, who has yet to name a starter at the position, refused to estimate how much the Buckeyes quarterback could make, but did note, "There was a lot of talk of projections last year about what Justin (Fields) would have made." (That estimate was $1.3 million from social media alone.)
He added that if his quarterbacks are worried about money, "they're worried about the wrong things."
Finally, down the line, Day thinks they'll have to learn how to spread the money around. Players are certain positions are guaranteed to cash in, but other less-ballyhooed players are doing work that is just as important, Day argued. "How do you find ways to disseminate that (financial windfall) throughout the team?" wondered Day.
Ohio State coach Ryan Day explains why Chris Olave didn't make the trip to Indianapolis.
When Ohio State receiver Chris Olave was replaced by tight end Jeremy Ruckert as part of the contingent OSU brought to Indianapolis, there was speculation as to why. Friday, coach Ryan Day explained that Olave is getting his COVID-19 booster shot this weekend.
"The majority of our team is vaccinated," Day later said.
Indiana coach Tom Allen is already looking forward to the Hoosiers' Oct. 23 kickoff against Ohio State.
Tom Allen talked about the biggest lesson his Indiana Hoosiers took from their narrow 42-35 loss to OSU last year. "They are the gold standard, and that is who we're chasing," he said. He went on to explain that his team's motto for this year is "the chase," and they will continue to put an emphasis on toughness, accountability and love.
Iowa's Kirk Ferentz is asked about the possibility of the Big Ten expanding: "Never say never to anything."
Iowa Hawkeyes head man Kirk Ferentz answered a question about the possibility of the Big Ten expanding by saying nobody has a crystal ball, but he wouldn't rule out the conference adding teams.
Michigan State's Mel Tucker feels the Spartans are moving in the right direction.
Mel Tucker of the Michigan State Spartans noted that with the cancellation of Big Ten media days in 2020, this is the first time for him — as a second-year coach to step to the podium at the event. "It's a dream come true," he said. He went on to tout his team's new-look roster (34 new players) and blue collar mentality. "A lot of meat and potatoes, not a lot of French pastry."
The second day is now underway with Greg Schiano of Rutgers being the first coach to take the podium.
"We're excited about the way recruiting is going," said Rutgers coach Greg Schiano. "I really believe Rutgers in the Big Ten? What a great opportunity for student-athletes."
Schiano attributed some of his success to having worked at Ohio State with Urban Meyer. Prior to that, Schiano believed he was the hardest working coach on the recruiting trail, but Meyer's relentlessness proved him wrong.
Big Ten media day Day 2 schedule
Friday, July 23
11:00 - 11:15 a.m. Greg Schiano, Rutgers
11:15 - 11:30 a.m. Mel Tucker, Michigan State
11:30 - 11:45 a.m. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Tom Allen, Indiana
12:00 - 12:15 p.m. Paul Chryst, Wisconsin
12:15 - 12:30 p.m. Jeff Brohm, Purdue
12:30 - 12:45 p.m. Ryan Day, Ohio State