Ohio State running back/halfback Curtis Samuel underwent surgery Tuesday, according to a report from Bucknuts, and could miss some, or all, of spring practice. Samuel reportedly suffered a toe injury during the Fiesta Bowl in January, but was able to play through the pain.
The 5'11, 196-pound sophomore finished the 2015 with 17 rushes for 132 yards and a touchdown; his rushing role was dramatically reduced from 2014, when he amassed 383 yards on 58 carries with six touchdowns. Switching to the H role, Samuel saw an uptick of targets as a receiving threat.
Samuel's role for 2016 isn't totally set, as he could step in at running back to replace replace Ezekiell Elliott's production, continue to work out an H or wideout, or some combination of all three. What is clear is that no matter where Samuel lines up for Ohio State, he figures to play a large role in the offense, especially with so much inexperience all over the field. Here's hoping he makes a prompt, and full, recovery.