Ohio State true freshman running back Curtis Samuel will be sidelined for his first Big Ten game of his career, as the youngster showed up to pregame warmups wearing track pants as opposed to the normal game pants, according to The Lantern. Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer said earlier this week that Samuel had been dealing with a nagging leg injury, which explained why Samuel only saw a limited amount of carries against Cincinnati last week.
Starting running back Ezekiel Elliott will no doubt see his workload increase, but there's no doubt he's ready for the extra carries. Coming off of his best game this season, Elliott will look shoulder the load in the backfield along with senior tailback Rod Smith. Between the two of them, I would expect the Buckeyes to have the same amount of success without Samuel, but Ohio State will no doubt miss some of his explosiveness on the football field Saturday afternoon.
Freshman RB Curtis Samuel is not fully dressed. Meyer said he's been nursing a leg injury. Looks like he's out today. pic.twitter.com/ez9m9B3XyB— Lantern TV (@LanternTV) October 4, 2014