Ohio State has a break in the schedule.
After six straight wins to start the season, the Buckeyes are inactive this week before hosting Iowa on Oct. 1. 22. They will continue training until Thursday before having a few days off.
Coach Ryan Day, along with three assistant coaches, discussed the status of the program midway through the regular season on Tuesday. Here are five of the most pressing topics they discussed:
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The Buckeyes will hold practices on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, a structure consistent with a typical week of the season.
Day said the inactivity date was timely, giving some of their stoned players a chance to recover from their injuries.
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“There are times when you start to get into a rhythm and you don’t want that week off,” Day said, “but I don’t know if that’s the case here.”
The focus is on fundamental practices rather than game planning for any upcoming opponent.
“If you get five or six games into the season, you can start focusing on the patterns,” Day said, “and we can’t do that. So we’re going to dive back into the fundamentals, the techniques, and try to figure things out. identify the things we will need for the home stretch.
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Many injured Ohio State players are expected to return in 11 days against the Hawkeyes.
“They still have to come, and they still have to have a good week, all of that,” Day said, “but that’s the focus right now. To get them healthy this week and have a full week of practice next week, and these guys are ready to roll for Iowa.
Day was asked specifically about the potential availability of star receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba and running back Miyan Williams.
The absence of Smith-Njigba was the most striking.
It’s been nearly a month since he last appeared in a game for the Buckeyes due to a hamstring injury, making a brief comeback for the final non-conference game against Toledo.
He didn’t travel with the Buckeyes for last weekend’s road trip to Michigan State, but Smith-Njigba appears to be making progress in his recovery. He underwent part of a rehabilitation regime before October 19. 1 game against Rutgers.
Other key players to watch this week include running back TreVeyon Henderson and cornerback Jordan Hancock.
Wide receiver Kamryn Babb, who aggravated a knee injury late in preseason camp, is unlikely to return against Iowa, although Day hopes he will be available later in the season.
Reintroduce defensive concepts
Defensive coordinator Jim Knowles won’t use the week off to install new defensive designs.
He said he plans to reintroduce earlier stuff instead.
“There are things we installed that we haven’t shown yet,” Knowles said. “I do if I think weeks ahead. I don’t think it’s best to install something that week and put it in the game. Sometimes you have to do it. But I prefer thinking far and wide about the future.
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“We’ve got some things in place now that you’ll see in the weeks to come. We’ll continue that into the bye week. I don’t think it’s going to be like ‘Hey, let’s upload some more, because that’s the bye week. We will continue at the same pace. It works, and I certainly don’t want to put more on the players.
The limited role of Mike Hall
An injury kept disruptive defensive tackle Mike Hall from seeing a bigger role at Michigan State.
Defensive line coach Larry Johnson didn’t delve into the details of the injury, only mentioning that Hall was injured, the issue that limited him to just a fraction of snaps.
Pro Football Focus tracking showed Hall appeared in seven of a possible 54 snaps against the Spartans.
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“That was the ongoing game plan,” Johnson said. “It wasn’t a surprise to anyone. We wanted to keep him fresh and healthy for the next six weeks. We thought that was the best way to handle it. If it changed and someone If one had gotten injured, he might have played 40 plays, but that didn’t happen.
“We were very lucky to get him out of the game without getting injured again. Which we couldn’t afford.
Revolving solely for pass rush situations, Hall finished with a career-high 2.5 sacks against the Spartans.
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Josh Proctor and Lathan Ransom went off as starters at the “Bandit” safety, the spot that lines up on the boundary side of the field.
Ransom got the nod on Saturday, as Proctor had started four of the first five games.
Knowles touted it as one of the Buckeyes’ ongoing positional battles.
“It’s week to week,” he said. “We consider them both ready for the game.”
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Both have varying skills, with Knowles praising Ransom’s versatility, which can also line up as a free security.
“He seems like a guy who can be a strong side, a weak side, adapt to running and passing, seeing concepts in a broader spectrum,” Knowles said.
Knowles added that Proctor’s speed is a big plus.
“He’s really good when he has a specific mission and direction and is able to go wild and play fast,” he said.
Joey Kaufman covers Ohio State football for The Columbus Dispatch. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @joeyrkaufman