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Ohio State's Miyan Williams Expected to Play vs. Georgia amid 'Stomach Bug' Illness

Adam WellsDecember 29, 2022

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 12: Ohio State Buckeyes running back Miyan Williams (3) scores on a 48-yard touchdown run during the second quarter of the college football game between the Indiana Hoosiers and Ohio State Buckeyes on November 12, 2022, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Ohio State running back Miyan Williams is expected to play in the College Football Playoff semifinal against Georgia on Saturday after battling an illness this week.

Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day told reporters he anticipates Williams returning to practice on Thursday as he continues to deal with a "stomach bug" illness.

"He's got a stomach bug and we expect him at practice today," Day said. "We just gotta take it as we go."

Griffin Storm of Eleven Warriors noted Dallan Hayden was first in line for running back drills during Wednesday's practice, with Chip Trayanum behind him.

Trayanum filled in for Williams during Tuesday's media session and told reporters his teammate was "just a little under the weather right now."

Ohio State's depth at running back was going to be a question mark going into the Playoff even with Williams at full strength. TreVeyon Henderson announced on Dec. 13 he would miss the game due to a foot injury he was playing with for most of the season.

"It's real painful," Henderson told Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch about his injury. "I barely practiced all season. I went through a bunch of different cleats to try to push through it, but the pain was crazy. I really don't know how I was able to push through it in the games I did play in. I just tried to do the best I can."

Williams took the reins as Ohio State's No. 1 back this season with Henderson limited at times. The junior led the team with 125 carries for 817 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Despite missing four games due to injuries, Henderson still ranks second on the Buckeyes in rushing attempts (107), rushing yards (571) and rushing touchdowns (six).

If Williams can play against Georgia, he will almost certainly be the No. 1 back for Ohio State. Hayden could see an increased workload if Williams is limited.

The Buckeyes made the College Football Playoff for the fifth time since 2014. They earned the No. 4 seed despite losing 45-23 to Michigan in their final regular-season game.

Ohio State will have to end Georgia's 15-game winning streak dating back to last season to reach the College Football Playoff National Championship for the third time.

The 2022 Peach Bowl kicks off at 8 p.m. ET from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday.