Thursday, October 1, 2009

SAINE TO GET FIRST CAREER START SATURDAY WHEN OSU VISITS INDIANA

Photo by Darla Dunkle-Hudnell

COLUMBUS — Ohio State junior running back, Brandon Saine, will get his first career start this Saturday night when the No. 9 Buckeyes travel to Indiana.

With starting tailback Dan "Boom" Herron slowed by an ankle injury he suffered on his second touchdown run of last week's 30-0 win over Illinois, Saine will get the go as the first string running back against the Hoosiers.

Herron will be on hand to play if needed, though.

"I would say (Herron) was probably 85 percent yesterday. We'd like to have him at 100 percent," Tressel said. "But, he'll be with us and ready to go."

Saine has carried the ball 32 times this season for 181 yards (5.7 avg.) and has out rushed Herron in the past two games.

Tressel stated that there isn't much difference between Herron and Saine — both play with a lot of similarities.

"With Brandon, it was six of one and a half dozen of the other whether it was he or (Herron)," Tressel said Thursday. "They're both good. There's not one thing that one does that the other can't do.

"They've all got the whole package."

True freshman, Jordan Hall, will surely see more carries as well. The former high school team of Terrelle Pryor has seen limited action this season, rushing just 14 times for 66 yards (4.7 avg.)

However, Hall has been impressive in the short time he's been on the field and could be in store for a breakout game against Indiana Saturday night.

As for the other true freshman tailback, Jaamal Berry, his status is still in doubt after also being slowed by injury this fall. Berry, who was highly touted coming out of Miami, Florida, has yet to see any action this season for the Buckeyes.

Tressel said Thursday that he doesn't plan to red-shirt Berry, just yet.