If there was one thing Jordan Hall established during Ohio State's 20-point victory over Buffalo Saturday afternoon—aside from a career-high 159 rushing yards—it's that the Buckeyes' offense is much more dangerous with him on the field.
Hall stole the show from Heisman Trophy favorite Braxton Miller, touted freshman Dontre Wilson and a host of other Ohio State playmakers with touchdown runs of 49 and 37 yards. He was the most consistent player for the Buckeyes, pacing an offense that piled up 40 points and 460 total yards.
Hall's explosiveness gives Ohio State's offense something it lacked last year, and that's a versatile playmaker to complement Miller.
The 5'9", 191-pound senior missed most of the 2012 season with various injuries, but after the NCAA granted him a medical redshirt, he returned and won the starting H-back spot (the Percy Harvin position) in the spring.
Suspensions to Ohio State's top two running backs, Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith, forced the coaching staff to put Hall in the backfield, and he responded by rushing for the most yards by an Ohio State running back since Dan Herron ran for 190 against Penn State in 2010.
That speaks to the versatility a healthy Hall brings to the Buckeyes, and it's something Meyer values tremendously, according to Bill Livingston of the Plain Dealer:
He gives us that little bit of a hybrid guy that can do both. So once we get a full stable back he’s certainly going to be involved. And to be able to line up at receiver and motion in and run the ball, that’s a good weapon to have.
Hall's performance served as validation for the consistent praise he's received from the coaching staff. Dating back to January of 2012, when Urban Meyer took over at Ohio State, Hall was identified as one of the top offensive playmakers.
After last year's injury-plagued campaign, when Hall saw just six quarters of action, Buckeyes fans finally got to see why the coaching staff is so high on him. And now, opponents will finally have to worry about more than just Miller as a big-play threat.
That's big for an Ohio State team that's hoping it started a national title run on Saturday, and its especially big for an offense looking to be more explosive.
According to Ohio State's official website, Hall just wants to contribute wherever the coaching staff asks him to line up.
"Wherever they put me I'm going to do what I can to help the team win."
All stats via ESPN.com.
David Regimbal is the Ohio State Football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report.
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