Title: Ohio State’s Run Game Faces Uncertainty Ahead of Purdue Matchup
Ohio State’s run game is raising concerns as they prepare to face Purdue in their upcoming game. The Buckeyes’ starting tailback, TreVeyon Henderson, is in doubt as a game-time decision due to an undisclosed injury. This uncertainty adds to Ohio State’s injury woes as his backup, Miyan Williams, has been ruled out for the game.
The struggles of Ohio State’s rushing attack were evident in their previous game against Maryland as they averaged a mere 1.9 yards per rush. Williams, who had an impressive 14 rushing touchdowns last year, has also been struggling this season, averaging just 3.8 yards per carry.
While both injuries are not expected to be long-term, they pose a challenge for the Buckeyes with a crucial matchup against No. 6 Penn State looming next week. The absence of wide receiver Emeka Egbuka, who did not make the trip to Purdue, further exacerbates Ohio State’s injury concerns.
If Henderson and Williams are unable to play, Ohio State will likely rely heavily on senior tailback Chip Trayanum to assume a larger role in their run game. However, Purdue also has their fair share of injury issues, including the absence of tailback Tyrone Tracy, an integral part of their rushing attack. Moreover, the Boilermakers have suffered the loss of three key starters for the season in recent weeks.
On a positive note for Ohio State, quarterback Hudson Card, who played through pain against Iowa and threw two interceptions, is reportedly healthier and has shown improvement. His performance will be crucial in addressing the team’s concerns and ensuring a strong offensive showing.
As both teams face injury challenges, the outcome of the Ohio State-Purdue game remains uncertain. Fans and analysts will be watching closely to see how the teams adapt and perform amid their respective injury setbacks.