Hall Sidelined Up to 10 Weeks
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — After a rough junior season at Ohio State, Jordan Hall was planning to make his mark with the Buckeyes in 2012.
Photo by Jim Davidson
That may still be a possibility, but Hall will have to wait if he is going to have a breakout season for new OSU head coach Urban Meyer this fall.
Hours after Hall tweeted about his successful surgery, the Ohio State University announced the senior tailback would miss approximately 10 weeks while recovering from surgery Friday to an injured foot.
According to an OSU spokesperson, Hall, who was expected to be the team’s starting tailback this year, cut the bottom of his right foot Wednesday afternoon while walking in grass outside his residence in Columbus.
“This is an unfortunate accident to a really fine young man,” Meyer said of Hall, who had surgery Friday at the Ohio State University Medical Center.
“He’s handling things well, though. He’ll be in a non-weight bearing cast for about six weeks and then he’ll rehabilitate the injury for at least four weeks after that.”
Hall, who enters his senior season with 2,513 all-purpose yards to rank 26th all-time at Ohio State, was already forced to miss Ohio State’s Spring Game because of an unrelated injury to his foot.
“I actually was practicing on it for two weeks and then something told me to go get it checked out,” Hall told The-Ozone following the conclusion of spring practice in April.
“They decided for me not to play.”
The latest injury could keep Hall out until the middle of September, which would cause him to miss at least two of Ohio State’s football games this fall. This is the same player who missed the first two games of last season after being suspended indefinitely by the NCAA for his involvement with Bobby DiGeronimo and the Cornerstone for Hope charity event in Cleveland.
It will mark the second-straight season Ohio State has opened the year without the services of its starting tailback.
In three seasons at Ohio State, Hall has amassed 817 career rushing yards with five touchdowns. He has also caught 21 passes out of the backfield for 202 yards and four more scores through the air.
He was expected to play a key role in Meyer’s new spread attack Ohio State this fall, possibly even being asked to play the ‘Pivot’ role that was occupied by Percy Harvin while Meyer was at Florida.
Junior tailback Carlos Hyde (707 career rushing yards and six touchdowns) will likely ascend to the top spot on the depth chart—just as he did a year ago while Hall and Boom Herron were suspended.
Sophomore Rod Smith (116 rushing yards and one touchdown) and true freshman Bri’onte Dunn were also competing in the mix at running back throughout spring. They were joined by freshman running back Warren Ball this summer.
Ohio State opens its fall camp in about five weeks – the first week of August – with the first game of the 2012 season set for Sept. 1 against Miami of Ohio.
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