COLUMBUS, Ohio — The projected starter has handled his business and is finally returning after a three-game suspension. Carlos Hyde is a proven touchdown machine, and he will no doubt want to make up for lost time.
The guy who filled in for him is still healthy, red-hot and has done nothing to lose his spot in the Ohio State backfield. Jordan Hall has shown he’s more than capable of handling the every-down workload, and there might not be much reason to tinker with what has worked early in the season.
The electric freshman has put his speed on full display and lived up to the enormous hype that built from the moment he signed with the Buckeyes through a head-turning training camp. The package of plays for Dontre Wilson appears to be steadily expanding, and Ohio State hasn’t exactly been hiding the fact it would like to get him more involved.
But coach Urban Meyer only has one football at a time at his disposal during the game, and with Rod Smith, Warren Ball and Ezekiel Elliott all clamoring for touches as well, finding a way for them all to be involved is about to become an even bigger challenge with Hyde set for his debut on Saturday against Florida A&M. Maybe it’s an issue that would make Meyer’s peers around the country envious, but it’s a potential problem nevertheless.
“Jordan Hall has certainly earned the right to touch the ball in a big way, so I’m not sure yet [about the distribution of carries],” Meyer said. “Carlos did a lot a for us a year ago — a lot. He’s a very talented running back, and that [suspension] was hard on everybody.
“But this is a good issue to have.”
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