Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer has stated that running back Jordan Hall may not play again in 2012. Although he has played some this season, apparently the Buckeyes have looked into the option of having him use this year as a redshirt because of his injury. Meyer said they wanted find out if it would even be a possibility and there is indication that it will be.
Hall hasn’t played since September 29th when the Buckeyes beat the Michigan State Spartans 17-16. In that contest Hall suffered a partially torn ligament in his knee after running for a touchdown and 26 yards in the game. According to Meyer he has now “re-dinged” the knee. Hall has carried the ball 40 times for 218 yards in just three games this season. He also missed the Buckeyes first two games in 2012 because of a freak accident he suffered over the summer. Hall stepped on a piece of glass with his bare foot and cut a tendon, which required surgery.
Despite being a senior, there is a strong chance that Hall would want to return to Ohio State to possibly improve his NFL draft stock. Running back Carlos Hyde has done a great job stepping up in Hall’s absence. The junior ball carrier has run for 545 yards and nine scores for the Buckeyes this season. He sits second behind Braxton Miller in both of those areas.
The one downside for the Buckeyes is that surely the loss of Hall for the season will put more pressure on Miller to carry the football. While Miller is one of the most explosive players in the nation and you certainly want the ball in his hands, Meyer has mentioned in the past that they need to keep him more upright and he has to avoid taking so many hits. This was never more evident than in last week’s game against the Purdue Boilermakers where Miller took a vicious hit that saw him leave the game and taken to hospital.
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