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Ohio State Football: 6 Reasons Not to Overlook the Return of Jordan Hall

Cory McCuneContributor IIIOctober 25, 2016

Ohio State Football: 6 Reasons Not to Overlook the Return of Jordan Hall

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    Jordan Hall didn't come to Ohio State as a high-profile recruit, especially considering he shared his high school backfield with Terrelle Pryor

    But he earned time on the field early and despite never earning the spot as the team's No. 1 running back he has always been a factor.

    Partially due to Carlos Hyde's emergence in 2012 and also the excitement about the new playmakers coming in the 2013 recruiting class.

    But nonetheless it is not wise to forget about the veteran Hall, who is returning for his fifth season. Hall will bring the experience, talent and leadership the Buckeyes will need if they are to repeat their success of 2012.

Playmaking Ability

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    Jordan Hall isn't big, he's 5'9'' and 190 pounds.

    He's unlikely to run a 40-yard dash under 4.4 seconds.

    But make no doubt about it, Hall can make plays. Because as Stan Drayton put it "[Hall] is as quick as a hiccup."

    Hall was used primarily as an I-formation running back so far in his career, which doesn't take advantage of his skills.

    That should change in 2013 and that will allow Hall to break more big plays for an improved Ohio State offense.

Leadership

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    If there is one big concern for Urban Meyer and Ohio State going into the 2013 season, it's leadership.

    Gone are John Simon, Zach Boren and the rest of the 2012 seniors that provided an amount of leadership not seen by many college teams.

    Jordan Hall was one of the team captains in 2012, so it stands to reason he will be a captain in 2013 as well. 

    While the rest of the skill players like Braxton Miller, Carlos Hyde and Corey Brown have experience and the offensive line will be composed of four seniors, none of those players have as much experience as Hall.

Versatility

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    Stan Drayton said recently that Ohio State's offense in 2012 ran about 60 percent of the playbook, but with Jordan Hall to run the hybrid position Urban Meyer's offense should be fully unleashed.

    Hall has proven he can be a solid runner with plenty of shake. He's also proven to be a reliable receiver out of the backfield.

    No one expects Hall to be as explosive as Percy Harvin was in this role in Meyer's offense, but just adding another option to the Big Ten's highest scoring offense will be tough for defenses to adjust to. 

Overcoming Adversity

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    Jordan Hall's career has had several ups and downs.

    Hall was suspended for impermissible benefits to start the 2011 season.

    Then he suffered a toe injury while walking his dog because he forgot to put on shoes and stepped on a piece of glass.

    After he returned from his toe injury,he played a couple of games then injured his knee and missed the remainder of the season.

    Now, Hall is back and better than ever, another example of his resilience.

Example for the Young Guns

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    Prior to entering his fifth and current season, Jordan Hall has so far played under three different coaches and spent last season learning the offense despite being sidelined.


    Hall’s experience and knowledge of the game allows him to mentor Urban Meyer’s younger talent on and off the field.

    Freshmen like Jalin Marshall, Ezekiel Elliott and Dontre Wilson will benefit greatly from having an experienced teammate like Hall around as a source of tutelage.

Improving the Return Game

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    Last season, Ohio State's offense was explosive and Corey Brown was able to spark the special teams with a couple big punt returns.

    However, the kick returning game was far from what is expected by a team coached by Urban Meyer.

    Expect much of the returning to be done by talented freshmen like Dontre Wilson and Ezekiel Elliott, but if the Buckeyes struggle again in 2013, then they have the option of putting the veteran Jordan Hall back deep.

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