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After spending most of Ohio State football’s undefeated campaign injured and idle on the sideline, senior running back Jordan Hall was granted a medical redshirt for the 2012 season, according to OSU spokesman Jerry Emig.
Hall, who was figured to be a key cog in OSU coach Urban Meyer’s offense, missed all but three games for the Buckeyes because of a series of injuries dating back to last summer.
On June 29, the senior captain needed surgery after stepping on a piece of glass while walking his dog outside of his Columbus apartment.
He missed OSU’s August practices and its first two games of the season before returning against California.
Two games later, though, Hall suffered a partial PCL tear against Michigan State on Sept. 29 in East Lansing, Mich.
Hall spent the rest of the year sidelined because of the injury.
In the three games he saw action, Hall totaled 218 yards and a touchdown on 40 carries.
In his absence, the Buckeyes finished 12-0 and No. 3 in the Associated Press poll.
New Year, New Number
In addition to being granted a fifth year at OSU, Hall will sport the No. 2 jersey instead of his usual No. 7.
Hall made the announcement through his Twitter account, @JordanHall_2, saying: “Rockin that #2 this year!”
Sophomore running back Rod Smith, who wore No. 2 last season, will don No. 7 in 2013.