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Despite all the success Ohio State has had on the football field, they’ve surprisingly gone more than a decade without returning a kickoff for a touchdown. And if it were up to head coach Ryan Day, that streak would continue…into eternity.
Day is no fan of kickoffs, and for the safety of the players, he would like to see the play eliminated.
On his weekly radio show, Ryan Day said he would vote to do away with kickoffs and have offenses start at the 25-yard line every time for player safety reasons, though he still thinks onside kicks should be allowed.
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During his weekly appearance on the appropriately titled The Ryan Day Show, the Buckeye coach admitted he’d like to see kickoffs removed from the college game:
“I would vote for doing away with kickoff and kick return. For the safety of the players, I think that we should put the ball on the 25-yard line and start every drive right from there.”
In this, Day has an ally in Ohio State receiver Chris Olave, who recognizes the danger associated with kick returns.
“You go back on kickoff return, you’ve got to think about your life,” Olave said, per Cleveland.com. “There’s a lot of guys on kickoff running full speed.”
Though OSU’s head honcho would like to do away with kickoffs, he’s not ready to nix kicks altogether.
“If you want to do an onside (kick), that’s up to you. But once you get up there, you have to do an onside kick. That’s just my take on it moving forward. Whether that happens or not, I don’t know, but that’s my thought.”
Eliminating kickoffs likely wouldn’t have much effect on the Buckeyes. The last time a member of the Scarlet and Gray took one to the house was 2010, when Jordan Hall raced 85 yards to paydirt as part of a beatdown on rival Michigan.
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