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Football: Ryan Day brings Al Washington to Ohio State coaching staff

Ohio State acting head coach Ryan Day watches the Buckeye defense in the second quarter of the game against Rutgers on Sept. 8. Ohio State won 52-3. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo Editor

When Ohio State announced the hiring of Greg Mattison as co-defensive coordinator Monday, Ryan Day was not finished with bringing former Michigan assistants to his coaching staff.

Ohio State announced Tuesday that former Michigan defensive assistant coach Al Washington will replace Bill Davis as the linebackers coach. Washington will also serve as the recruiting coordinator for the coaching staff.

Davis said on Twitter that he and Day “have mutually agreed he should plan his staff without me” and that he will return to the NFL.

Last season, Washington was a defensive assistant coach for the Wolverines after serving as a defensive line coach with former Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell at Cincinnati in 2017.

Washington is a former defensive tackle who played college football at Boston College from 2002-05, where Day was on staff as a graduate assistant from 2003 to 2004. The new Ohio State linebackers coach was with his alma mater from 2012 to 2016 as an assistant coach, holding three different coaching positions with the Eagles: special teams, defensive line and running back coach when Day was the offensive coordinator from 2013 to 2014.

A Columbus native, Washington attended Bishop Watterson High School.

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