Jordan Hall's Swan Song

By Jeff Beck on July 8, 2013 at 11:30a
Jordan Hall, where has your career gone so quickly?

“Jordan Hall will play the Percy Harvin role.” That’s a narrative fans have heard for the past two offseasons.

Unfortunately last year, Buckeye Nation never got a good look at Hall in the position. A debilitating offseason injury kept him out of the first two games of 2012, then a knee injury three games later relegated Hall to the sideline for the rest of the season.

Luckily, he was able to receive a medical redshirt allowing him to return for a second senior year.

In 2013, Hall finally seems prepped to accept the duties most of the media seemingly know he can fulfill. But is that assuming too much? Taking a step back, how much do we really know about Jordan Hall?

Despite being a senior and projected starter, number 7 might be the upperclassman Buckeye fans know the least about.

Stuck behind Boom Herron and Brandon Saine in 2009 and 2010, Hall received a total of 85 carries for 409 yards and 5 touchdowns. Not able to find much of the field at the tailback position, Hall did most of his damage on kick returns, tallying 741 yards and 1 TD on the season.

After serving a suspension in 2011 for accepting benefits at a charity event, Hall came in and split carries with sophomore, Carlos Hyde, to spell Herron while he served his own suspension – 2011 was like that.

During that year Hall finally got the chance to show off his versatility rushing for 405 yards and 2 touchdowns and picking up 114 yards and 3 more scores through the air. In addition, he was able to rack up an impressive 753 yards on kick returns.

While those stats aren’t eye-popping, they may have been limited by the staggering lack of creativity that comes free of charge in a Jim Bollman offense.

Moving into 2012, it was clear Hall showed Coach Meyer something on and off the field. His performance earned him the title, “team captain” as Meyer raved about his abilities. Unfortunately as aforementioned, Hall never had the chance to get his season off the ground.

So that brings us to 2013, where hopes are incredibly high for a player that has only gone over 500 yards total (rushing and receiving) once in his Scarlet and Gray career.

That’s not to say 2013 wont be his long-awaited breakout season, but it’s important to keep things in perspective. Hall has worked hard and deserves to start, but it’s a little early to break out the “Percy Harvin” moniker.

While most are rooting for Hall, Meyer and company do have a back-up plan if he simply can’t make the cut.

Incoming freshmen, Dontre Wilson and Jalin Marshall fit the bill. Both are four star recruits with speed who can stretch the field with athleticism, and versatility.

But neither has the in-game experience (or leadership) that a Jordan Hall can provide.

Hall is the prohibitive people's favorite; a Buckeye who fought his way from the bottom to earn a spot, only to see it ripped away by injury. But 2013 presents a different challenge for Jordan: his last chance to make a statement viewed through the lens of immense expectations.

With plays like these he has shown flashes of brilliance, but stringing them together on a regular basis is the goal for the upcoming season.

So here’s hoping Jordan has the season fans have been waiting for. A successful swan song for Hall introduces a layer of complexity to an Ohio State offense chasing a championship. Adding that layer ultimately gets them one step closer.


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TNBuckeye1421's picture

I said this last year... his stats have not shown him to be anything close to Harvin, I hope that I am wrong but I'm not going to get super excited about Hall until he proves it on the field and stays healthy. My prediction hurt by week 4 and we see Marshall and Wilson getting looks in that slot. 

Crimson's picture

Be a buckeye and don't predict our players getting injured.

mh277907's picture

Saying that he will be playing the Percy Harvin role is not the same as saying he is as good as Percy Harvin.


BuckeyeNationProblems's picture

TNBUCKEYE1421 you don't represent anything that Ohio State is. Leave your Buckeye card and don't let you hit the door on your way out.  You aught to know players read this board, you clown.  
Also, before you leave, please tell us about your successful D1 career. 


ap2538's picture

Here's to hoping UFM will pitch playing the Jordan Hall Position to future recruits

osubuck57's picture

I'll be one rooting for him to have a great season this year. Can't base everything solely on production. Leadership and his mentoring of our young guys will speak volumes to how he finishes out his career as a Buckeye. He probably won't be looked at as one of the most productive Buckeyes we've ever had, that said, you've never heard about him getting in any trouble, and has been a role model for younger Bucs to follow. Glad he got to come back this season and finish out his career on his terms. GO BUCS!!


buckguyfan1's picture

Dead on balls accurate ^  Except for the missing "K" unless you cheer for Tampa as well;)

droessl's picture

Not that the reason he got suspended isn't dumber than a bag of hammers, but he DID get suspended as a Buckeye. 

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Agree OSUBUCK57... I think his character, leadership and having to overcome adversity will be invaluable as we look to snag that crystal football.
Jordan, WEAR SHOES, bro!!

TheShookster's picture

of all those great recruits in Pryor's class, Jordan Hall could be the one to have the most impact during a championship season. That's pretty crazy to think about

He ain't even stretch doe!!

TheShookster's picture

oops. nevermind the post above. I don't think Hall was in the same class. That's what I get for trying to be smart

He ain't even stretch doe!!

tennbuckeye19's picture

Yeah, not in the same class, Pryor was 2008, Hall was 2009.

Fugelere's picture

That TD from the Gator Bowl was beast.  I remember screaming at the TV for him to get out of bounds, then he proceeded to juke what seemed like Florida's entire D.  Hopeful Hall can add more like it to his highlight reel this season.

d1145fresh's picture

I have always been high on Hall. I know the Bucks have a lot of young studs coming in this season but they are also Freshman and it takes a very special player to contribute significant minutes at a skilled position when you are that young. I think Hall is going to be the perfect compliment to El Guapo and fill in a position that we really didn't have last year.

Stinson's picture

I watch his OSU highlight videos like that Gator Bowl TD and wonder how he's been so inconsistent:

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." -Wayne Woodrow Hayes

Danify's picture

You get a upvote alone for the College Humor Jake and Amir pic.

Gametime's picture

I'm with you on this. I've never been particularly dazzled by Hall. He seems like a just a "good" football player, but he's definitely not shown that he is that elite play-maker type.
His consistency takes hits because of his overall health issues and backfield depth, but he doesn't appear to be the type of home run threat we need to have in that role, a guy who can make one guy miss, streak through that sliver of daylight, and take off.
I'm all for a guy being able to move the chains with his best year averaging 4.7 yards per touch, but in comparison Percy Harvin averaged 11.9 yards per touch. Now compare that to Philly who played from that position a little bit and he averaged 10.8 yards per touch.
Even when I compare the guys we recruited for the pivot position - Dontre Wilson had over 500 yards more rushing than Hall's total rushing & receiving yards and an additional 700+ yards receiving on top of that averaging 20 yards per catch and an additional 18 TDs coming out of high school. Even in Vico's old thread they knew the evaluation on him is that he is too slow. His upsides are vision, cuts, patience, and versatility.
I would like to be more optimistic because he's a Buckeye, but I really just don't think he has the complete "It" factor to strike fear in the Defense nor create the mismatches in space we need in order for Urban's offense to run on full tilt.

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

OurHonorDefend09's picture

He's on the team I live for so I will root for him to succeed, but after awhile (similar to Stoneburner) I just kinda want him and his hype to put up or shut up. We heard for so long how unbelievable Stoney was going to be blah blah blah, similar to Jordan Hall. I think Stoney was a formidable TE, but he didn't ever wow me and neither has Jordan. Save for a few plays, I would have rather had any of the other starting RB OSU has had over the past 4 years get carries before him.
Don't take this as a bash on him, like I said, I'm rooting for him. However, I'm going to hold back on giving any credit until I see something on the field.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

With the way last year went and how well Hyde did, plus all these new burners we have coming in and the number of guys we've recruited to play the "Percy Harvin role" - I almost forgot about Hall.  I wish him all the best, obviously works out well for us if he gets going, and hope he shreds this year.  It will also be nice to have that veteran tutelage for all the young guns back there too.
All in all, he's paid his dues and it sounds like he'll get his shot this time around - which is a dang good thing.

Michibuck's picture

Go you, Jordan Hall.

Davep160's picture

I always liked Jordan,   I hope to see him succeed his senior year.
Go Bucks!

Maestro's picture

A dangerous weapon.  Hope he can cause some damage.

vacuuming sucks

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Fun fact: Jordan Hall is much shorter in person than on TV

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

Dread's picture

I think he has a good year, but the ball will be spread thin in that hybrid role. I think the other guys push him to perform up to his potential and they all have a good deal of production.

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

Hall racks up over 1000 all purpose yards this season. Mark it.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

PaulRobertson's picture

Heard the same thing last year.

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

This season he'll be as healthy as he's been in a long while, and I personally think he shuts up a lot of his critics. He has ability, just hasn't stayed healthy. He keeps his knee healthy, he's an offensive threat. Last thing I heard from Spring ball was that the offensive coaching staff, and particularly Coach Meyer, were impressed with his route running and ability to catch the football. I guess this 2013 season will either prove me wrong or right; hopefully the latter.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

MAVBuck's picture

I like the enthusiasm but I don't know that can see 1000 yards unless he's consistently returning punts. I just don't know if there's enough balls to go around in this offense to have a 1000 yard rusher in Hyde and close to another in Braxton and still get him what he needs in the backfield to make it happen. I see a good year for him but 1000 may just not be possible with all this talent

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

I agree with you completely. IF he's healthy enough to be returning punts all season then he may have a shot at 1000. I know I'm a little unrealistic. It's just that I want to see the kid succeed. He's had a rough-haul of it throughout his Buckeyes career.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

Psychranger's picture

The great thing is that Jordon is healthy and should get the chance to be what he can be, while Coach Meyer has begun the pipeline of burners that can take a crack in the defense and take it all the way. It is going to help the running game and the passing game. So don't be surprised to see a freshman or two get some chances as well. It's great to be a Buckeye!!!


unholy bucknut's picture

It's been a shame watching his career go by and see him struggle with all his problems he had. Makes you wonder how good he could have been last year without stepping on that bottle. He seems like a great kid that's just had all the damned bad luck. Hopefully things look up this year and he gets a chance to rep buckeye nation at the next level. I'd love to see that.

TNBuckeye1421's picture

Just because I'm not downing the Kool aid by the gallons like some fans does not mean I'm any less of a fan than you. I hope and pray that the kid has a great year hell I hope he wins the Heisman! You sir sound like a Tennessee fan every kid is an all American and top ten draft pick. We have all heard Hall is ready for an huge year for 4 summers in a row... Has he been anything close to the hype? I hope he reads this gets pissed off and tears it up! I highly doubt that a player is going to be crying about what any poster puts on a website... I have season tickets and fly into Columbus every week don't give me crap about not being a fan.

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Dial down, bro!
I didn't pick up anything in your original post that suggests you're wishing an injury on Hall. I think some of our Buckeye brethren felt you had gone too far to the dark side with your "prediction". Seeing the world (or your favorite team) unrealistically guarantees you'll be severely disappointed; being really negative is the ditch on the other side of the road, however.
Lets hope Jordan does "tear it up" this Fall & gets a buck fifty against the skunk weasels!

pjtobin's picture

Hall needs a few rabbits feet taped to his helmet, cleats, pads, pants, and one as a necklace. I hope he leaves the entire country saying " where the heck has this kid been". Maybe EsecPN will jump on the whole" this young man overcame so much, his imaginary girlfriend dumped while he was redshirting". Wouldn't that be the cats meow!

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

buckeyedude's picture

Queue Elvis Presley song, "It's now or never!"



Eddie-Eddie's picture

I think Hall can be a solid player for us.  He has done some good things for the Bucks when healthy.  I'll be pulling for him to have a big year!

Larryp713's picture

I think we all understand that Jordan Hall has not lived up to what many thought was his potential, and there are reasons for this both within and outside of his control. But what a chance he has, as an experienced, hungry, returning 5th yr senior, who is under the radar, to blow the doors off. He is an incredibly hard worker and has been tempered by a lot of experience, both good and bad. I know this is a lot of wishful thinking, but I feel confident that if he stays healthy, he will be an all conference performer, and may even steal a couple Heisman votes from Braxton. At least that is the view from my scarlett-tinted glasses. Go Bucks, and best of luck to Jordan!!!!