Dallan Hayden informs Ohio State football team he will enter the transfer portal

The Ohio State football team will be losing a running back once the transfer portal opens after the Spring Game.
Nov 18, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA; 
Ohio State Buckeyes running back Dallan Hayden (5) attempts to
Nov 18, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Dallan Hayden (5) attempts to / Clare Grant/The Columbus Dispatch / USA

The Ohio State football program will have two stud running backs this season in TreVeyon Henderson and Quinshon Judkins. Judkins comes in from the transfer portal after two highly-productive seasons at Ole Miss as the starter. Henderson returns for his senior year healthy and ready to go.

Dallan Hayden was expected to be the third running back on the depth chart. Despite producing whenever he has been called upon, Hayden can't seem to get playing time. He wasn't projected to get a lot of playing time this season either unless one of those top two guys got hurt.

Hayden has decided that he is done waiting. He has informed the Buckeyes of his intent to enter the transfer portal once it opens. Ohio State will be down a talented running back. He was rumored to have wanted to enter the portal last year but decided to stay instead.

Ryan Day decided to redshirt Hayden last year after he had just 19 carries for 110 yards and a touchdown. Back in 2022, he finished that season with 111 carries for 553 yards and 5 touchdowns. He singlehandedly won the Maryland game that year. after he ran for over 100 yards and 3 touchdowns.

This leaves the Ohio State football team dangerously thin at running back if either of their top two guys gets hurt. Henderson has a history of injuries so counting on him to stay healthy is not exactly the smartest thing in the world. Behind Hayden are just two true freshmen.

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Injuries could wreak havoc on a team that is expected to run the ball a lot more this season with Chip Kelly calling the plays. The Buckeyes now have to hope that they can avoid those. We certainly wish Hayden the best wherever he decides to continue his college football career.