COLUMBUS, Ohio – The loss of the playoffs in Clemson that ended the Ohio State season will sting for a long time, Buckeyes manager Ryan Day recalled Wednesday.
Day, in his first media meeting after Buckeyes’ loss on 29-23 on December 28, joked that he was now pondering the loss “every second instead of every second.”
“I’m just telling you it’s hard to let go and we won’t let go,” Day said. “You have to go on with your life, but at the same time we talked to the team – we won’t just download this. This will be here to a long time. And that’s how it should be.
“We felt like we had a chance to win everything, we didn’t, so it will stay fresh in our minds.”
Some calls went to the Tigers in critical moments and quarterbacks Justin Fields launched an interception in the final zone on the final disc when the Buckeyes finished the 13-1 season.
The good news of Day is that Fields, finalist of the Heisman Trophy, will return for another season, along with the core of the offensive line. The bad news: go back J.K. Dobbins joins the NFL along with some key and all-American receivers Chase Young and Jeff Okudah.
The competition for the commercials will begin seriously with the start of the spring tests on March 2nd. Fourteen incoming freshmen, including quarterback CJ Stroud and Jack Miller, have signed up early and will participate in spring training.
Freshman Master Teague III is the likely replacement for Dobbins, who ran for 4,500 yards in three seasons. Teague ran for 759 yards on housekeeping, but Day said he should prove he could carry the load as an appetizer.
Established artists Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson will anchor a body of receivers that lose K.J. Hill and Binjimen Victor.
Day, 40, was voted Big Ten Coach of the Year in his first season after replacing Urban Meyer.
“When you go 13-1, you win the conference championship, you win the rivalry game [against Michigan], it’s a hell of a season now, “said Day.” I mean, it doesn’t matter where you are. It is a hellish season. But we haven’t met all our goals, so this makes us want more. “
He said he was happy that the game in the national championship, in which LSU beat Clemson, is over.
“It was difficult to watch, I won’t lie,” Day said. “It was very difficult. I told the team and coaches that I wanted everyone to watch that game, however difficult it was, from start to finish and think about things and how much they wanted to go back to that game year after year, back to that situation, and what they are willing to do, and what they are willing to sacrifice to get there. “