Frost named Adrian Martinez the starting quarterback this week. Martinez, who had a great freshman season in 2018 but was slowed by a knee injury last year, beat out Luke McCaffrey, brother of NFL star Christian McCaffrey and son of former pro receiver Ed McCaffrey.
Ohio Stadium, which usually packs in more than 100,000 fans for Buckeyes games, will have only about 1,600 in the whole place because of coronavirus restrictions. Family and friends of the players and coaches will be spread out through the lower deck and additional crowd noise will be piped in. No band, no cheerleaders, no Brutus Buckeye.
Campus police have issued strict warnings against tailgating.
“It’s just going to be weird all the way around,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said.
Day said watching other college teams play on TV while Ohio State waited was “torture,” but he’s been using clips from some of those sloppy games as a teaching tool. With preseason preparation limited for teams that started in September, many of the games have been high-scoring and marred by missed tackles and turnovers.
“Watching these games, it certainly makes you reemphasize as a coach those basic things,” Day said.
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