Ohio State Football: The Impact of Jordan Hall's Unexpected Return

Luke Pashke@@luke_pashkeCorrespondent IJanuary 24, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 02:  Jordan Hall #7 of Ohio State Buckeyes during warmups at the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl against the Florida Gators at EverBank Field on January 2, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Soon after the hiring of Urban Meyer, fans and analysts alike gushed over the idea of Jordan Hall in the spread offense.

The product out of Jeannette, Pennsylvania always seemed to be stuck in an offense that just didn't fit his style. Plunges between the tackles don't suit his skill set, and the past offensive coaching staff refused to include backs in the passing game.

Under Urban Meyer, Hall was supposed to have a breakout season and be an integral part of the new spread offense headed to Columbus. 

Unfortunately for all involved, Hall struggled to see the field in 2012 due to injuries and was officially out for the year after only the fifth game. It seemed like a sad and unfair ending to a career that was just getting started. 

However, the football gods have shined on Ohio State and their veteran running back. 

Just recently, Hall was granted an extra year of eligibility via medical redshirt. 

This is huge for the Buckeyes.

Hall is the perfect type of back to compliment Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller. He'll offer Meyer and his staff a great change of pace at the running back position, and his versatility will be huge. The redshirt senior is fully capable of making an impact in the passing game, whether it be out of the backfield or in the slot. 

Also, Hall was one of the better kick/punt returners in the Big Ten when he was healthy in 2011 and 2010. He possesses an uncanny ability to find holes in opposing teams' kick coverage and could be an X-factor as a return man in 2012. 

On top of all this, Hall offers a world of experience at the college level that will come in handy if the Buckeyes start off hot and find themselves in national championship discussions. 

That can't be overlooked. 

As long as he can remain healthy, which should be easier with so much time to prepare for the next season, Hall will be a major contributor to this team, whether on offense, special teams or just as an experienced leader.