buckeyes on the run
The Buckeyes’ streak of four straight seasons with 1,000-yard rushers was snapped in 2009, and while they don’t have a clear-cut starter at running back — a Beanie Wells or Antonio Pittman for instance — there is talent behind Pryor.
Brandon Saine and Dan “Boom” Herron are the top candidates to start. The 6-foot-1-inch, 219-pound Saine rushed for 739 yards and four touchdowns as a junior while the 202-pound Herron chipped in with 600 yards and seven TDs. Saine missed most of the spring with a hamstring strain, but he should be good to go this fall. Look for redshirt freshman Jaamal Berry to contend for playing time as well.
With Pryor’s confidence growing, don’t be surprised to see the Buckeyes throw more this season, but when it comes to crunch time, Tressel will likely hitch his wagon to the run game, which includes Pryor on the move.