Buckeyes Mid-Week News And Notes: 11/9

November 9, 2023

Tony Camino

Three Things Heading Into the Game Against Michigan State This Weekend

1 – Injury Updates

Head coach Ryan Day spoke about the slew of injuries that piled up after the win at Rutgers. Safety Lathan Ransom suffered a non-contact leg injury at Rutgers, and Day said they will “continue to identify where he’s at.” He returned to the field under his own power after leaving by cart but did not re-enter the game.

Safety Josh Proctor was injured on the pass breakup that led to the 93-yard pick-six and sat out the rest of the game despite feeling well enough to play. Day said he thinks “he’s gonna be ready to roll here” when talking about the safety’s status for practice.

Linebacker Tommy Eichenberg left this past weekend’s game with a forearm/elbow injury. Defensive coordinator Jim Knowles wasn’t concerned, as he said, “He’d play with one arm if he had to. If we let him play, he’ll play.” The staff praised his toughness, and they expect him to be out there.

Backup quarterback Devin Brown was available last week versus Rutgers and should have a full week of practice. Coach Day said, “He’ll be getting close to 100% soon.”

Finally, tight end Cade Stover didn’t play against Rutgers and was wearing a knee brace at practice. Coach Day didn’t have any comments on him and talked about wanting to build the depth in the tight end room.

2 – Continued Discussion Around McCord

Regarding his quarterback, Kyle McCord, Coach Day mentioned that Rutgers used a two-high shell defense throughout the entire game, which restricted his downfield options. He noted that McCord needed to put more air on the interception but expressed satisfaction with his willingness to take check-downs.

In summary, Day said that McCord would have received a “champion” grade, but that was marred by the turnover. He expressed his overall contentment with the performance of his starting quarterback and focused his critique solely on the one interception.

3 – Still Number 1

The Buckeyes are still ranked number one in the latest college football playoff rankings. The top eight teams have maintained their positions, with Georgia at two and rival Michigan holding onto the third spot. Penn State moved up to the 10th position, but Notre Dame dropped to 20th, affecting their overall resume.

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