Ryan Day hints at what to expect from Ohio State's offense this season
Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day offered some interesting glimpses into what his team’s offense will look like this season during his weekly radio show on 97.1 The Fan.
Joining radio play-by-play announcer Paul Keels and former Buckeye offensive tackle Jim Lachey, Day spoke very highly of redshirt junior running back Demario McCall.
“Demario is a weapon because he can a lot of things…He’s a really good third-down back for us.”
Nursing a calf injury, these comments are a good sign regarding McCall’s status headed into Saturday’s season-opener with Florida Atlantic.
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Along with junior J.K. Dobbins, the Buckeyes are feeling confident about their backfield rotation. They have been breaking in a new signal-caller, though, Georgia transfer Justin Fields.
“His skill level is off the charts…He has it all. He just doesn’t have experience,” Day said of Fields.
“I don’t know if we’ll pass it as much as we did last year, but we’ll pass it a lot.”
In his first and only year as Ohio State’s starting quarterback, Dwayne Haskins attempted 533 passes as a redshirt sophomore in 2018, completing 373 of them for 5,396 yards, 54 touchdowns and nine interceptions. In Ohio State’s only loss last season, Haskins attempted a school-record 73 passes in West Lafayette against Purdue.
Appearing in 12 of Georgia’s 14 games last year, Fields completed 69.2% (27-39) of his passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns. Although Haskins’ legs played a large role in the Buckeyes’ win over Maryland last November, Fields brings a new level of rushing element to the offense.
He averaged 6.3 yards per carry and added four scores on the ground for the Bulldogs in 2018. With the Buckeyes possessing a deep and experienced offensive line, all the elements are there for Fields to have a big debut season.