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Ohio State Confirms Jordan Hall’s Return
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Buckeyes are loading up for a run at Nick Saban and the BCS national championship in 2013. That task got a little bit easier on Thursday, as Ohio State University official confirmed the return of running back Jordan Hall.
Jordan Hall
Jordan Hall
The senior out of Jeannette, Pa. was expected to receive an extra year of eligibility after playing in just three games this past season, and now it’s official that he will receive a medical redshirt from the NCAA so that he can return to the team for the 2013 season.
Hall was expected to be the team’s starting running back during Urban Meyer’s first year in Columbus, but he suffered a freak foot injury over the summer that kept him from playing in the first two nonconference games of the season.
The 5-9, 195-pound Hall returned in week three against Cal with a strong performance. He ran for 87 yards on 17 carries against the Golden Bears, and followed it up with 126 yards of total offense in Ohio State’s 29-15 win over UCF the following week.
But Hall suffered a partial tear of the PCL ligament in his right knee during Ohio State’s Big Ten opener at Michigan State. He would miss the rest of his senior season, finishing with 218 yards and a touchdown on just 40 carries.
Hall had his breakout year as a junior in 2011. He missed the first two games of that season due to NCAA suspension, but racked up 405 yards on the ground and another 114 as a receiver, while accounting for five touchdowns.
He also averaged over 26 yards per kick return during the 2010-11 seasons That included a game-changing 42-yard kick return against Wisconsin during the 2011 season that set up Braxton Miller’s game-winning touchdown pass to Devin Smith.
While Hall was injured, teammate Carlos Hyde emerged as the feature back in Meyer’s new offense. He ran for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior, despite missing 2.5 games with his own knee injury.
Hyde is considering a jump to the NFL after his big year, but sources close to the program have told us they expect to have him back for his senior season. That would make for a loaded backfield in Columbus, with Hall and Hyde joining guys like Rod Smith, Bri’onte Dunn and Warren Ball, who missed all of his rookie season with a foot injury.
The Buckeyes will also add a pair of potential ball-carriers in Jalin Marshall and Ezekiel Elliott. Marshall is a former high school quarterback who will likely play receiver at Ohio State, but he could also be used in the ‘Percy Harvin’ hybrid role. The same goes for Elliott, a speedy back out of St. Louis.
That’s probably where Hall will end up as well. With Hyde’s emergence, and a stable of talented backs behind him, Meyer and offensive coordinator Tom Herman will have to find other ways to get Hall on the field in 2013.
Changing Numbers
According to Hall’s Twitter page, he will be switching numbers with fellow tailback Rod Smith. Hall wore No. 7 the last two seasons after switching from No. 29 early in his career. He wore No. 2 in high school, but Jeannette teammate Terrelle Pryor was already wearing the number when he got to Ohio State.
Smith, meanwhile, switched his number from 24 to 2 after Pryor left for the NFL last offseason. He wore both 25 and 2 at Wayne Harding High School in Indiana, but apparently wants to switch numbers with Hall for the 2013 season, which will be Smith’s redshirt junior year at Ohio State.
Offseason Notes
* The spring semester has begun (this past Monday) at Ohio State, with five scholarship players from the 2013 class enrolling early.
* Winter conditioning with Coach Mickey Marotti started Tuesday.
* Keep in mind, there will be no opportunity for another wave of early enrollees before spring practice because the school is now on semesters instead of quarters.
* The first spring football practice will be Tuesday, March 5. A second practice will be held March 7 and then the team won’t practice again until March 19 as the week of March 11-15 is spring break.
* The OSU Spring Game will be April 13 at Paul Brown Stadium. The last day of classes is April 22 and finals will run April 24-30. Graduation is Sunday, May 5.
* The five-week summer term begins May 6 and the eight-week summer session begins June 10. That is when other members of the 2013 class could join their new teammates in Columbus.
* The Autumn semester begins August 21.

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