Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Ohio State tailback, Dan "Boom" Herron walks off the field with assistant coach Nick Siciliano, left, prior to last Saturday's game with Wisconsin, in Columbus. (Photo by Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)

COLUMBUS — Ohio State sophomore tailback, Dan "Boom" Herron will not play this Saturday at Purdue, according to Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel.

Tuesday at his press luncheon in Columbus, the Buckeyes coach said that Herron, who injured his ankle in last week's win over Wisconsin, would not be in the backfield when OSU heads to West Lafayette and perhaps the week after that, when Ohio State hosts Minnesota.

"I don't think we'll have Boom (Herron) this week," Tressel said. "I think we probably got set back a week or two ... "

That means the Buckeyes will start junior tailback, Brandon Saine, once again this week, with true freshman Jordan Hall coming off the bench.

Saine leads the Buckeyes in rushing this season with 349 yards on 63 carries (5.5 avg.). However, the junior from Piqua has yet to score a touchdown in six games this season.

With Herron out of the game for the this week and possibly beyond, there may be a chance that heralded true freshman, Jaamal Berry, could see some action.

Of course, that's a big maybe.

"I keep waiting for Jaamal Berry to be healthy because when he's been healthy he's been very, very good," Tressel said. "But right now, it's Brandon and Jordan (as the primary runners)."

This week should tell the tale whether Berry is to see action in 2009 or be fitted for a big ole red-shirt.

To be continued ...