Ohio State coach Ryan Day said he has no plans to fire quarterback CJ Strawd against Akron on Saturday.
Stroud has faced pain in his shoulder and admitted he was not 100% after last week’s win over Tulsa, prompting questions about his health moving forward.
“We can talk about it over the course of the week,” Day said, “but his plan is to practice now.”
As he began his third career, Stroud completed just 15 of 25 assists for a meeting and intervention against the Golden Hurricane, a more humble performance than previous games that led him to take the first Big Ten titles of the week.
When asked if Stroud’s final issues of accuracy came from his inexperience or shoulder pain, Day thought the two remained factors.
“I do not know if you can identify those kinds of things,” Day said. “Sometimes it’s time to practice, and that leads to things like that. When you get more repetitions under your belt, you feel more comfortable and then you replicate them better in practice. All those things come together.”
Stroud has been working on a problem with his shoulder for at least a month. In a pre-season practice where journalists were present, he was given a light workload to rest his arm.
Day said he and his staff are looking into the possibility of playing some of their reserve quarterbacks this week if the right situation emerges.
The match against Akron is likely to turn into an explosion as the Buckeyes are installed as more than seven touch favorites.
Will TreVeyon Henderson start again?
True beginner TreVeyon Henderson will see a bigger role in offending the state of Ohio after rushing 277 yards in his first career start against Tulsa.
“He deserves an opportunity to play a lot,” Day said, “because you can see his ability to play well.”
But Day stopped declaring Henderson as the No. 1 permanent, saying they would take it “week by week” before settling with anyone.
Miyan Williams, a young student, started the first two games but did not hold the ball against Tulsa. Henderson rolled with Master Teague, last season’s starter who added 62 yards in 14 strokes.
For Henderson to take the post of Buckeyes defender, Day pointed out some areas that will push him towards becoming a more balanced runner.
“He has a lot to grow,” Day said. “He has a lot to improve. You can see his skill level, but there are many things in terms of defending and executing his readings and vision, sometimes making sure he is going through contact and finishing runs. But there are many good things. ”
Ohio Stadium Ground Status
The State of Ohio is replacing FieldTurf at Ohio Stadium after this season.
The artificial turf was introduced in 2014 and maintains a typical lifespan of eight years, according to a school spokesman.
Players are slipping on the ground, but there is not enough time to swap the surface between games this fall.
To help with foot issues, Day said equipment manager Kevin Ries is looking to provide players with the best shoes.
“We’re looking at those things to see if we have the right shoes at the games,” Day said.
Prior to 2007, the terrain in Patkua was natural grass.
Day reiterated that injury to left-back Thayer Munford is not “long-term”. He added, “This is the best I can give you.” Munford left Saturday’s game in the first quarter with a possible ankle or ankle injury. A pair of coaches helped him off the field. . Defensive line coach Larry Johnson said there is hope that defensive start Zach Harrison will turn against Akron.
Joey Kaufman covers Ohio State football for The Columbus Dispatch. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @joeyrkaufmanwith