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Scarlet Sunrise: Ryan Day, Chris Holtmann, Gene Smith giving charitably

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Ohio State coach Ryan Day, Chris Holtmann and Gene Smith are giving back. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ryan Day, Chris Holtmann, Gene Smith giving charitably

Good morning, Ohio State fans, and welcome to the Scarlet Sunrise. Football will always be our focus, but every day we’ll cover news, notes and analysis from across Buckeyes sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Ohio State football, recruiting, basketball and more.

Ryan Day, Chris Holtmann, Gene Smith giving charitably

As the coronavirus continues to leave many families in Ohio without proper food or ways to make ends meet, football coach Ryan Day, basketball coach Chris Holtmann and athletic director Gene Smith and their families are teaming up to help out.

All three prominent members of the Ohio State athletic department are together donating $35,000 per month between April and August to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund, which helps the food bank acquire and distribute food to families in need during this tough time.

For every dollar donated, the food bank can secure $9 worth of groceries. With the total donation of $175,000 between now and August, the donations will help with $1.5 million worth of groceries, the athletic department said in a statement released Tuesday.

“So many people in our community are struggling to feed their families right now,” Smith said in that statement. “Our families wanted to do something to support those who need help. By contributing to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, we know we can make a significant impact.”

The families are hoping their donations will help inspire Ohio State fans to give, as well. For more information, as well as how to donate, click here.

Jonah Jackson breaks down his own film

Jonah Jackson has been busy gearing up for the NFL Draft. That includes breaking down his own film from this past season at Ohio State, and while the tape is rolling, he might as well take a look at Josh Myers and Wyatt Davis, his fellow interior linemen for the Buckeyes.

There may not be a more dominant example of the Buckeyes offensive line last season than the opening statement drive that resulted in a touchdown against one of the country’s best defenses, Penn State. Jackson and the offensive line led the Buckeyes’ run-heavy offense down the field for a huge drive that wore the Nittany Lions defense down.

What made the interior of the Ohio State offensive line so effective? How early will Jonah Jackson be selected in the NFL Draft after his breakout season at guard? Where is the ceiling for Josh Myers and Wyatt Davis as they return to the Buckeyes? Jackson joined Lettermen Row in the virtual film lab for the first time to answer some of those questions and break down one of the most impressive drives of the season in the latest episode of BuckIQ.

Roll the tape!

Ohio State legend Keith Byars joins latest Tim May Podcast

Tim welcomed legendary Ohio State running back Keith Byars on the latest Tim May Podcast episode to talk about the 1984 Heisman Trophy race, his career and the running back position for the Buckeyes. They broke down memories and told stories of Ohio State teams from the past.

After that, Tim and Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward talk about how the college football season could be altered by the latest developments, as well as the potential financial impact of a year without college football.

The Tim May Podcast is available on iTunesGoogle PlaySpotify and Stitcher. It can also be watched on Youtube or on

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.