Hall Willing To Be OSU's Mr. Everything

Junior Jordan Hall might not have been the most heralded prospect to come to Columbus from Jeanette, Pa., but he might be one of the most important players on the Ohio State's football team's offense this fall. Hall is willing to do whatever the Buckeyes need in order to win.

He is listed as a running back, but he also lines up as a wide receiver and returns punts and kicks. Jordan Hall may need a special position label on the Ohio State football team's 2011 roster. Putting RB, WR, KR or PR doesn't seem to fit.

How about ME? Mr. Everything. That's exactly what he might be for the Buckeyes' offense this season.

The junior is hard to label, which is why senior center Michael Brewster struggled to put the type of player Hall is into words.

"Jordan Hall is a hard guy to describe," Brewster said. ""He's an unbelievable talent. Coming out high school, I really had no idea that he was that talented. I don't even know how to describe his play.

"He's something else."

Whatever Hall is, consider him a nightmare for opposing defensive coordinators. He can run the ball out of the backfield, line up in the slot and create a bad matchup against a linebacker or even throw the football if necessary.

Fortunately for the Buckeyes, Hall is willing to do whatever it takes to win.

"They'll put me wherever," Hall said. "I'm just trying to do whatever helps the team out, so (I'm fine with) wherever they put me. I'll try to make plays."

Hall has been a solid player for Ohio State since he arrived as the lesser-heralded Buckeye to come from Jeannette, Pa., in 2008. While fellow Jayhawk Terrelle Pryor took the role as the most recognizable Buckeye, Hall has flown under the radar. He became the team's No. 3 tailback during his freshman year behind Dan "Boom" Herron and Brandon Saine, a role he kept last season as a sophomore. Hall combined to rush for 409 yards on 85 attempts with three touchdowns and caught nine passes for 88 yards and another score in his first two seasons.

He added return duties last season, averaging 9.92 yards on punt returns and 27.94 yards on kick returns. Hall's biggest moment of last season was arguably his 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Michigan during OSU's 37-7 victory. His sprint up the left sideline helped the Buckeyes answer a U-M touchdown that cut Ohio State's lead to 10-7 in the second quarter.

"They had scored and I was like, ‘We've got to answer back,' " Hall said after the game. "I saw them coming at me with the kicker's approach and I said, ‘I've got to take this to the house.' "

Hall even got into the passing game in 2010, throwing a 20-yard touchdown pass to Pryor vs. Eastern Michigan in his lone attempt. Hall took a pitch from Pryor, took a few strides to the right and threw back to a wide open Pryor for an easy score.

Hall has done a little bit of everything during preseason camp. He has worked with the No. 1 offensive unit as a tailback at times and has lined up as a slot receiver at others. No matter where he has lined up, Hall has never looked out of place.

New wide receivers coach Stan Drayton has gotten to see how versatile Hall is close up and said the 5-9, 195-pounder reminds him of former Florida protégé Jeff Demps.

"Jordan Hall is going to be very versatile, both in the run game and the pass game," Drayton said. "He is a running back, but he creates so many different matchup problems for defenses when we put him out there in the slot. So he is being cross-trained to do a lot for us, including the special team returns and all of that stuff.

"If he continues at the rate that he is going right now, I believe that he can be one of the most versatile players in college football."

Hall enjoys his status as potentially OSU's most dangerous weapon.

"I can make plays at receiver, running back, wherever," he said. "That's what I'm trying to do. I just want to help the team and do what I can do. That's what we're going to need."

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