Ohio State Confirms DB Jamie Wood Attempting Comeback
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — It sounded for a little while like Jamie Wood was done with football. Probably because he said he was done with football.
Photo by Dan Harker
The safety out of Pickerington Central underwent his second major shoulder surgery back in January and it appeared his playing days at Ohio State were likely over. The former U.S. Army All-American has battled injuries for most of his career with the Buckeyes and there was talk of a medical shirt for the fifth-year senior.
Instead, Wood will suit up for the Buckeyes this spring as he attempts to make another comeback from shoulder surgery. We had been hearing for a while he was going to give it another try, but the news was confirmed by an Ohio State spokesperson on Monday.
Wood has played in 30 games with the Buckeyes, primarily on special teams. He was a key kick coverage guy for Urban Meyer last season before he injured his shoulder early in the year.
He played in only four games as a fourth-year junior last season, but did play in 13 games as a redshirt freshman in 2010 and as a sophomore in 2011. The 6-1, 200-pound defensive back has recorded 17 tackles in his career with the Buckeyes. He was a 4-star prospect in the class of 2009 and the No. 4-rated safety in the country according to Rivals.com.
Wood helped the Pickerington Central Tigers to three-consecutive Ohio Capital Conference championships and a school-record 13-consecutive wins during his high school career.
He was first-team all-OCC, all-district and all-state, along with being a team captain for coach Jay Sharrett as a senior in 2008.
If Wood completes his comeback, he will be one of only four seniors on the Ohio State defense this fall. All of them are safeties, with Wood joining Christian Bryant, C.J. Barnett and Corey Brown.
It won’t be easy. Wood will not participate in contact this spring, but could be available for 7-on-7 drills or other positional work that does not include any hitting.
Hall Moving to H-Back?
As we reported last week, Jordan Hall will have a new role as a fifth-year senior this spring. The 5-9 tailback out of Pennsylvania took a medical redshirt last season after playing in only three games.
“Misfortune – a cut foot in the summer and an injured knee in his third game – thwarted Hall’s initial senior season, one that had him serving as one of five team captains,” Ohio State said in a release Monday.
“A red-shirt season ensued and Hall is expected to shine in the dual purpose H-back role.”
Despite missing most of his true senior season, Hall was still Ohio State’s third-leading rusher behind Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde. With Hyde back – and a talented group of backs behind him – the Buckeyes plan to use Hall a little differently.
In Ohio State’s spring football release, Hall is listed as a “running back/receiver (H-back),” which is consistently with what Urban Meyer said recently on the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer.
“We moved Jordan Hall to H,” Meyer said last Sunday.
“He’ll be a captain again. He’s a tough guy, a great kid, a leader. So he’s going to be the H with Dontre Wilson and Jalin Marshall.”
Wilson and Marshall are both highly-recruited freshmen who won’t be on campus until June. That gives Hall some time to learn his new position and find a role for himself in the offense before he has to start worrying about whether some of his reps might go to the young kids in practice.
The Senior Class
The 2013 senior class includes 16 players in their final season of eligibility. The total includes 11 fifth-year seniors and five who have yet to red-shirt (noted below with an asterisk).
Seniors on Offense (10):
WR *Corey Brown, WR Chris Fields, QB Kenny Guiton, H-Back Jordan Hall, OL Marcus Hall, RB *Carlos Hyde, C Corey Linsley, OL Jack Mewhort, OL *Andrew Norwell, OL Ivon Blackman
Seniors on Defense (4):
SAF C.J. Barnett, SAF Corey Brown, *SAF Christian Bryant, SAF Jamie Wood
Senior Special Teamers (2):
K *Drew Basil, LS George Makridis
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