Once forgotten, Hall could be X factor

Matt BuckeyeInsider

Jordan Hall was labeled as a running back with elite potential when he came into Ohio State. Five years later, he is still trying to reach that hype.

Hall teamed with Terrelle Pryor to create a dan- gerous combo in high school in Jeanette, Pa. He followed Pryor to Columbus, billed as a big play threat capable of making things happen with his legs at running back and also with his hands as a receiver out of the backfield.

Plugged into an offense early in his career that he was not ideally suited for, Hall showed a knack for making things happen in glimpses. But as injuries hit, he was never able to put his game together.

He sat out most of last season, first with a freak foot injury as a result of stepping on glass near his apartment, and then with a knee issue.

Because of the injuries, he was granted an extra year of eligibility. However, with leading rusher Carlos Hyde back, it looked like Hall would be only a role player in his final season with the Buckeyes.

That changed, though, when Hyde got into a skirmish with a female at a bar in Columbus during the summer. That moment of poor judgment got Hyde a three-game suspension from Urban Meyer.

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