Ryan Day heads into his first season as Ohio State head coach inheriting the same expectations that were heaped on his predecessor, Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes are expected to contend of the conference and national titles.
While Day no doubt runs his program differently than Meyer and has added his personal stamp on things, he hasn’t been shy about the influence Meyer has had on him.
Speaking at Big Ten Media Days today, Day was asked if he’ll stay in contact with Meyer throughout the season.
His answer was an emphatic yes.
Q: Do you think you’ll talk to Urban Meyer much during the season?
Ryan Day: “For sure. I’d be crazy not to. … He’s been unbelievable in terms of understanding when to be there, and when to step away.”
— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) July 18, 2019
One of Day’s biggest challenges in Year One will be maximizing the potential of projected starting quarterback Justin Fields. Fields transferred to Ohio State from Georgia this offseason.
Although he was a five-star recruit in the 2018 class, Fields only played in a backup role as a freshman for the Bulldogs, so he’s relatively inexperienced.
Ohio State opens up its 2019 season at home against Florida Atlantic on August 31.