Football injuries in Ohio State are evidence of Ryan Day’s plan to instill toughness

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Question: What happens with all Ohio infections?

It will not surprise anyone when I say that football is a physical and violent sport. And when the explicit goal of an entire team since the second from the end of last season has focused on increasing toughness, that physical strength is only amplified. So it has become concerning to a number of Buckeye fans (and a handful of my respected fellow LGHL) how often Ohio State players suffer injuries coming out of games and/or training in the first three games of the 2022 season.

Jackson Smith-Nigegba, Travion Henderson, Julian Fleming, Mike Hall, Jordan Hancock, Cameron Brown, Camryn Babb, Tanner McAllister, Chip Traianum, Denzel Burke, Jantzen Den and, of course, Evan Pryor are associated players who are the least important contributors to varying degrees this season who have lost – or still – time due to injuries. Obviously having a dozen or so players of expected rotation at some point in the first three games isn’t ideal, but with the exception of Pryor, none of them seem so far to have finished the season; And to be honest, I kind of think some of the injury-related absences might be by design, and beneficial to the team’s future success.

Let’s be honest, ever since Ryan Day took over as head coach, the Buckeyes have become more and more an accomplished team. Now, I don’t use that term as a pejorative, but rather as a description of the kind of football they played, especially when attacking. Instead of relying on up front hogmollies plowing a path toward the end zone to run behind their backs, Day Attack focused primarily on the skill center of the scrolling game players to put together historical point totals.

Now, this wasn’t a complete departure from the Urban Meyer era, who had a great deal of ingenuity as well. It also doesn’t mean that wide receivers aren’t physical players (especially considering the blocking responsibilities in OSU’s attack) or that Buckeye’s attacking streak hasn’t been elite in professional passing for the past three seasons. Instead, I mention this just to agree with just about everyone in and out of the Ohio State program that they haven’t been tough enough in recent years to reach all the goals they’ve set for themselves.

So, after being pushed last season by Oregon, TTUN, and even Utah in flower potIt was a pleasure to hear Dai, his entire staff and every player stress his toughness during an off-season. He even went so far as to award a new honor to seven players, naming them Iron Buckeyes because they worked so hard over the summer to improve themselves in the weight room.

That renewed commitment to the body seemed to pay off in the season opener as Buckeye’s lines on either side of the ball imposed their will in the second half. our lady Conclusion and epilogue is an important victory.

We saw that focus on toughness paid off early in the season, so how are we to count all the players who lost time in the first three games due to seemingly minor injuries? Isn’t it part of being hard to play through the pain?

Well, yes and no. With all due respect to Arkansas and Toledo (and even Notre Dame), the Buckeyes weren’t really in a position to lose any of those games, so where’s the advantage of playing players who aren’t 100% if you don’t. t at all?

Would I love to see JSN get more shots ahead of the Big Ten season? naturally. Will Jordan Hancock help this mix of ultra-thin and underperformers? definitely. But Ohio State is 3-0, and in theory, by giving players chances to rest as much as possible, that should allow them to play more aggressively when they eventually return to the rotation.

Since taking over as coach, Day has become increasingly reticent about disclosing a player’s medical information to the public, so it’s hard to ascertain how severe the injury actually is – although Hancock appears to be a little further out of the game than some. from others. But, if we are to take at his word to the head coach that the majority of these injuries are not long-term in nature and are probably more precautionary than anything else, to me, that signifies another step in Ryan Day’s maturation process as head coach.

Dai wants his team to be strong and physically fit; Awesome, we love it. But, an integral part of this kind of focus is the fact that players are going to get hit a little bit more sometimes when they’re playing hard and being tougher. Therefore, from a training perspective, employees need to reciprocate and give players extra space to allow their bodies to heal as much as possible.

Although Day said Thursday that they haven’t changed the number of workouts per week in full rigs from previous seasons, players and coaches have talked about having more good practice this year, which will obviously increase the intensity. And body and toughness (yes).

So, if OSU’s top players focus on being tougher in practice And the Working against their first-team counterparts, it’s clear that they’ll take more defeat than if they’re basically making it easier against the coaching staff. So, I think it’s very reasonable to assume that Dai is keeping players off the field a lot more this year than he has before, because of how important durability is to the team this year.

While being tough against Arkansas and Toledo is all well and good, it really counts against the likes of Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan Stateand even more against their rival, in a potential Big Ten Championship game, and the College Football Playoff if they get there.

So, it is imperative for Dai to adjust the philosophies of training and playtime in response to this new, rigorous focus. I firmly believe that a lot of players who lost time – whether it was due to in-game injuries or because they were completely inactive for a given week – could and would have played in previous seasons. But understanding the cumulative toll physical and physical strength takes on a player’s body, Day decided to play it safe whenever the opportunity allowed.

Based on his comments earlier in the week, it’s clear that Day respects Wisconsin and the rigor that comes with playing in the Big Ten, and I think he reciprocates.

Reports from training Wednesday night said Burke was not participating, but was at the Woody Hayes Sports Center in streetwear, and did not appear to be seriously injured. The back corner room is really thin, even when you’re healthy, with only six scholarship players on the roster. With Hancock still not exercising according to Day, and Burke and Cameron Brown both suffering injuries during camp, it makes sense to allow the man, who has struggled, physically, to take the second full training of the week in order to rest what he can do. Being naive a Saturday knocker against Wisconsin.

Burke obviously underperformed early in the season, but doesn’t do anyone any good for a challenge during the week, only to make it less than his best on match day.

I also think that Day’s new philosophy when it comes to keeping players away will have a positive effect later in the season as well. Instilling the notion of solidity during vacation, in camp, and on the non-conference roster, the Buckeyes have set the tone for the kind of team they want, and no doubt they’ll continue to emphasize that as the season progresses.

But, by not over-scaling players who aren’t 100%, Day and the company are allowing these athletes to play harder later in the year when it matters most.

So, without the actual injury information – which Day has proven he has no intention of presenting to the public or the media – I think the probability of injuries to the Buckeyes is less than the players being unable to return to the field, and more about the coach’s big picture plan. keep them on the field when their toughness is most needed…or at least I hope so.