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What's the deal with Hall?

October 9, 2010 - Dana Sulonen
For weeks, the talk in the media room and on radio talks shows has been when is Jordan Hall is going to start getting more carries for Ohio State.

There wasn't much talk at the beginning of the year when Brandon Saine and Dan "Boom" Herron were splitting carries. They were the two most experienced running backs for the Buckeyes, and combined with Terrelle Pryor's running attack, it was a great three-headed monster for Ohio State.

But in recent weeks, things have developed. Saine is no longer a running back. He's a slot back. Against Indiana on Saturday through three quarters, he didn't have a single carry but had four catches for 84 yards, including a gorgeous 60 yard touchdown reception.

Herron on the other hand has carried the running load. Out of Ohio State's 20 running plays, Herron has carried the ball on 12 of them. Hall, one carry. True freshman Carlos Hyde, who came in at the end of the third quarter when they started pulling the starters -- five carries for 29 yards.

Is Hall this year's Ray Small of the Buckeyes? If fans remember right, Small was in coach Jim Tressel's dog house from his early days in Columbus and never saw significant playing time other than special teams. By the end of his senior year, Small became a constant return threat and a real asset for the Buckeyes.

Where is Hall seeing time at this year? Punt and kick returns. Coincidence? Who knows.

I'm not saying this is the confirmed case, but there are too many similarities to not make some people wonder if there are other issues.

End of third quarter: Ohio State, 38-3.

 
 

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