Hall Willing To Redshirt

A three-star prospect out of high school, Jordan Hall exceeded expectations during his first season at Ohio State. Now preparing for his sophomore season, Hall could be looking at taking his career on an unorthodox path and going through a redshirt season. BuckeyeSports.com has more.

Jordan Hall knows that one man's blessing can be another man's curse.

As the less-heralded of two running backs to join Ohio State's class of 2009, the native of Jeannette, Pa., was widely expected to redshirt as a freshman and use the year to put on some size and become more accustomed to the playbook. Instead, Hall finished as the third-leading running back while piling up 248 yards and his first career touchdown on 48 carries.

But with that year under his belt, Hall now faces the fact that the Buckeyes might have a level of running back depth that is unprecedented during head coach Jim Tressel's tenure. OSU will suit up seven scholarship tailbacks next season: one senior, one junior, two sophomores and three freshmen.

On national signing day, head coach Jim Tressel concurred that barring injury it will be the most depth he has seen at the position. While he views that as a blessing, it means carries figure to be hard to come by this fall for running backs not named Brandon Saine (a senior) and Dan Herron (junior).

As a result, a player like Hall said he is open to the possibility of redshirting this season.

"It really depends," he said at a recent team charity event. "If (Herron) and B Saine are plying well, that would be the best thing to do. But if they need another running back, I'm trying to play. Whoever makes the most plays is going to play."

Hall said he was surprised to see as much action as he did last season. Although he did not play until a week-three victory against the University of Toledo, the OSU coaches frequently mentioned their surprise with how quickly Hall picked up on the offense.

In particular, the coaches praised his ability to grasp the pass-blocking schemes that are critical for a running back's chances for playing time in Columbus.

"I felt like if I wanted to play I had to make no mistakes and have no missed assignments," Hall said. "I was just studying the playbook and doing what I had to do to play. I always looked at it like whatever you put in, that's what you get out of it."

When Herron went down with an injury following the Illinois game, Hall stepped into the void and carried the ball 11 times for 37 yards in a road win against Indiana. Saine received all but two of carries from running backs the following week against Wisconsin and took all the handoffs the following week in a road loss to Purdue, but Hall had 10 carries in each of the next two games and scored his first career touchdown at home against Minnesota in week eight.

However, he did not see action in the final three games of the season including the Rose Bowl victory against Oregon.

"I've never really sat on the bench before," he said. "That was tough. I was just looking at next year, doing what I could to be better next year."

Even if that means watching from the sidelines.

"Of course I want to play, but I'm just going to do what I can do to help the team win," Hall said. "Our team has big goals this year, so I'm just doing what I can to help. Coach always says you can never have enough (running backs). Injuries can happen like that."

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