This year marks three years at the helm for Ryan Day at Ohio State and while he did accumulate talent from Urban Meyer, Day has transformed himself into a terrific coach. Ryan Day has brought in electrifying talent in freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud.
C.J. Stroud was not a sought-after talent during the summer of 2019, which shows how solid an evaluator Day is. In the recruiting process, the coach must send a specific message and or sales pitch that allows the players to have trust and confidence in what the program is preaching. Once the player buys into the program, the sky is the limit as the coaches can then work on the player’s development.
As time went on, C.J. Stroud transformed into a five-star recruit in early January of 2020. C.J. Stroud does not play like a freshman, as he has thrived in big games and a majority of the season. Stroud has easily burned defenses, as he is a dual-threat quarterback. Stroud has tremendous arm strength and precision. C.J. also does a solid job extending plays by utilizing his legs.
So far this season, C.J. Stroud has completed 68.8 percent of his passes, throwing for over 3,000 yards that rank eleventh in the nation, 30 touchdown passes and that ranks fifth in the nation and five interceptions. His total QBR rating ranks first in the nation with 89.4. It is only a matter of time until C.J. Stroud wins a Heisman trophy along with winning a national championship.
Another young spectacular talent at Ohio State is freshman running back TreVeyon Henderson. Henderson was a four-star recruit out of Hopewell, Virginia. Before the end of September, Henderson placed his name in the record books against Tulsa. TreVeyon broke a 49-year-old record held by Archie Griffin, as he was the first freshman to have the most rushing yards in a single game with 239 yards.
Ohio State has had great running backs throughout the years that include Carlos Hyde (2010-2013), Keith Byars (1982-1985), Chris “Beanie” Wells (2006-2008) and Eddie George (1992-1995) all of whom rushed for over 3,000 yards in their college careers. TreVeyon wrapped up the game as he rushed for 243 yards and ran for three touchdowns. He has an excellent combination of speed and strength, as he can bulldoze defenders or just breeze right past them. He has tremendous skills and untapped potential to be just as good as the running backs that were mentioned above.
On the season, TreVeyon has rushed over 1,000 yards, has 14 touchdowns and carries an average of 7.3 yards. Recently, TreVeyon Henderson was named as a semifinalist for the 2021 Doak Walker Award, which is given to the best running back in the country. Henderson will have plenty of hardware in his future, and a Heisman trophy will be one he will eventually get before his time is up at Ohio State.