For the first time since the defeat of the Ohio State Party Bowl against Clemson and the first time in 2020, Ryan Day met with the media on Wednesday.

At a press conference at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Wednesday, Day discussed how the Buckeyes have advanced since their defeat in the semifinal of the Football Football Playoff when they begin their preparations for 2020 and answered questions about the developments surrounding the team in the recent weeks, including the hiring of Corey Dennis as quarterbacks coach, the vacancy of a secondary coach that remains open and more.

Here is a quick summary of what Day had to say:

  • The day began by thanking the media and the professionalism that the media have shown him this year.

  • Day said the Buckeyes can use two-level security looks in defense and “will diversify a little more this year,” but level one security will remain the base formation.

  • On hiring Dennis as a quarterback coach, Ryan Day said he thought it was important to maintain continuity in the room. He said Dennis had a chance in the state of Colorado and that he was there in a moment, but Dennis is very interested in the state of Ohio and wanted to be with the Buckeyes.

  • Day said Ohio State will be smart with Justin Fields when they start running this offseason while recovering from his knee injury, but expect him to be ready for spring.

  • Day said he and Urban Meyer both called Joe Burrow to congratulate him on winning the national championship.

  • Day on the decisions of the quarterback that Ohio State had to take: “Joe Burrow, Dwayne Haskins and Justin Fields, what a good problem.”

  • On the mentality of his team after the defeat of the Fiesta Bowl: “They are hungry.”

  • “When you go 13-1 and win the conference championship, that’s a great season. I don’t care where you are. ” But Day acknowledged that the Buckeyes did not reach all their goals. “That keeps us wanting more.”

  • When replacing the headlines of last season they left: “The good news is that many of our boys played” due to the amount of unequal victories they had in which they were able to put their backups in the game.

  • Day said he had “left the rage part” after saying he was angry after the defeat of the Fiesta Bowl against Clemson.

  • On the mistakes made by the Buckeyes that cost them the game: “When you are playing in a great game, the margin of error is small, and that is what happens.”

  • Day on whether to sign a new runner in the 2020 recruitment class is an objective: “The numbers are pretty tight at the moment, so probably not, but we’ll see how things go.”

  • About what he is looking for this spring: “We want to discover who our new leaders will be. We lost some great leaders in the draft and graduation.”

  • Day said it is important to have a quarterbacks coach who can be in that room all the time even though he also works with the quarterbacks.

  • Day said he has had discussions with offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson about sharing duties to play next season. “We will continue those conversations as we move forward spring.” Day said that Wilson and I have worked together since they both arrived in the state of Ohio in 2017, and he trusts Wilson, but they have to figure out what the flow between them will be.

  • Day said he spent less time working with quarterbacks during the past year than he thought he would. During the games, he worked closely with them, but Mike Yurcich handled most of the meetings.

  • Day on the importance of maintaining continuity in the quarterback room by promoting Corey Dennis: “I think that when it comes to a quarterback, for me, it must be done the way we have done here.”

  • Day said there were some conversations at the AFCA Convention this week about making adjustments to the targeting rule. Specifically, Day said he doesn’t think it’s right that players who are kicked out of the game have to do the “shame walk” back to the locker room.

  • Ohio State is going to move Shaun Wade to the external cornerback this year, and Day believes that Wade may be a Jim Thorpe Award finalist just like Jeff Okudah was last season.

  • On the defeat against Clemson: “We are not going to rinse this … it will stay fresh in our minds.” How much do you still think about the loss? “Unlike every second, every two seconds.”

  • About Mike Yurcich: “I thought Mike did a great job. If you look at the way Justin developed during the season, he did a very good job. ” He said that Yurcich was in line with his way of training quarterbacks and contributed great ideas. “The frustrating thing is that he was here for only one year.” Day wanted Yurcich to stay in the state of Ohio, but said he could not pass up the money that Texas offered him.

  • Day said Ohio State brought CJ Stroud and Jack Miller to compete for the job of backup quarterback immediately, so they have that opportunity. “That room will be stronger than last year.”

  • Day said he thinks it’s great that Cardale Jones, Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett also remains a friend to this day, and wants to have the same type of chemistry in the current quarterback quarter of the state of Ohio.

  • About Fields knee injury: “It was not catastrophic, but at the same time, it was not 100 percent.” He said there were times that Fields, but “it’s hard, he competed, he played.” hard. “Day said Fields” didn’t practice much at all “before the Big Ten Championship Game. Day didn’t answer if Justin Fields underwent a knee procedure after the season, but said the Buckeyes don’t expect any persistent problems in the future.

  • Day said he thought Fields played well against Clemson and was proud of the way Fields played in that game. Now, the goal is to keep improving. Day said it’s exciting to have Fields back, referring to the fact that Fields is the first starting quarterback to return in eight years as head coach or quarterback coach.

  • On Chris Olave’s route error at the Fiesta Bowl: “I’m not sure he ate solid food for three or four days after that game. He was crushed … but nobody cares more than Chris. He is hungry and I think he will be a leader in that room. ”

  • Day said they will rank the six best wide receivers, and whoever those six best will be in the rotation. They are willing to put certain players in the slot that they have most often played abroad, he says. “We will see that here as we move forward in the spring.”

  • Day said that Master Teague has the ability to be a runner’s function; Now he has to keep building trust.

  • Would you promote a quality control coach to a full-time position other than quarterbacks? “Yes. If it were correct.” He acknowledged that he felt more comfortable promoting Dennis because of his own experience as a quarterback coach.

  • Day said he doesn’t believe that promoting Corey Dennis is a risk because he knows what Dennis is capable of, and expects Dennis to be in the state of Ohio “in the long term.” He said Dennis was the guy he wanted, so he didn’t. Really look at other options.

  • Day would not confirm whether Kerry Coombs will be the next Ohio State secondary coach. “We haven’t hired anyone yet, and we’re still going through everything.”

  • Seeing the national championship game on Monday night: “It was hard to see. I am not going to lie “. He said he asked the whole team to watch the game because he wanted them to think about how much they wanted to be there next season.

  • How would the State of Ohio have done against LSU? “It would have been fun,” but I didn’t want to answer directly. “That’s why you play the games.”

  • By replacing three headlines in high school: “That is going to be difficult. That is a huge position there, where we will have to prepare the boys to play. ”