Senior RB Jordan Hall is expected to return to practice this week following Ohio State’s bye week. Hall missed the October 5th game against Northwestern nursing a knee injury. Hall did play against Wisconsin one week earlier, but recorded only five yards on one lone carry. Before that point, Hall set his career high twice this season with 159 yards against Buffalo and later 168 against California. He also scored a touchdown in each of Ohio State’s non-confence games, totaling 8 in four games. Since Hyde’s return from suspension, however, Hall has received just five carries (while scoring this hilarious TD). Hyde, meanwhile, has racked up 48 carries for 294 yards and 6 catches for 43 yards with four total touchdowns. Based on his breakout performance against Northwestern, it is safe to say that Hyde has secured his role in the offense as the featured back and will receive the bulk of the carries.
As a result, Hall is going to need to find a different niche in this offense. Originally, the plan was for Hall to see time at the H-back position. However, with the emergence of Philly Brown as a playmaker in that spot, as well as the improved play of Evan Spencer on the outside, it is unlikely Hall will see significant snaps at the position either. Instead, Hall is relegated to a role similar to that of Rod Smith or Dontre Wilson. Hall will have to make due with what little opportunities become available to him.