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First of all, he doesn't lack speed, but he doesn't have the best top end speed. He is very elusive and has great balance. He also has good hands, Next year would be his fifth year playing major college football. Having him on the roster > replacing him with a frosh (probably). I like Hyde, Smith or Dunn etc... as an every down kind of a back, but Jordan Hall can fill a role in Urban Meyer's offense. He could be very effective when running the option. We all hope Ezekiel Elliot or Jalin Marshall will be so good as rookies that they make Jordan Hall obsolete - except maybe Jordan Hall. Call Mr. Hall a nice insurance plan if the young guys aren't as ready as we hope they will be in year one of their collegiate careers. This is a no brainer. Redshirting Jordan Hall is good for OSU Football in 2013.
Finally, a dose of sensibility/reality as it relates to Elliot and Marshall. Urban's first recruiting class was very highly rated but the reality is that most 4* recruits don't materialize into starters (or even impact players) during their freshman season. Noah Spence and A. Washington seem to have found roles and spots in the D-line rotation. D. Bogard was a noticeable guy on special teams before his injury. But overall, many of these guys have been quietly gaining experience, showing promise and developing incrementally. I'd like to be pleasantly surprised but I'd think the same would hold true for EE and JM. And that's why having Jordan Hall return isn't a waste of a roster spot.
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