Spring practice may be canceled, but that doesn’t mean players are taking a break right now. In fact, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day says his team is holding each other very accountable right now, even without the ability to meet in person.
Day met with the media via teleconference on Wednesday, updating reporters on the recent happenings with the Buckeyes. While there may not be much going on in terms of spring practice, there’s still individual workouts, film dissection and group meetings among staff members and players. For right now, it’s the new normal in college football.
“I think the accountability’s at an all-time high in making sure that these guys are doing what they need to do,” Day said, according to Dan Hope of Eleven Warriors. “Character is really shown when nobody’s looking, and this is the ultimate test of that.”
Day also emphasized that it’s a “unique time” for his players and staff, but that it’s not something that is happening just at Ohio State. It’s across the country.
The Buckeyes are coming off a 13-1 season, winning a third-straight B1G title and making an appearance in the College Football Playoff. Goals for Ohio State haven’t changed, and the program hopes to make another run at a national championship.
When talking about the 14 early enrollees from Ohio State’s 2020 recruiting class, Day did suggest that he’s disappointed the newcomers didn’t get the exposure to spring practice and the college game. Again, though, it’s not unique to just Ohio State.
“It is what it is,” Day said. “It’s the same for everybody throughout the country.”