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Ohio State running back room in “a little bit of a crisis”

Running back Master Teague has been ruled unavailable for the rest of spring

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With OSU football back on the practice field, you know what that means! It is officially time to overreact to every little nuance of what always shapes out to be a long and ever-changing offseason. We here at LGHL are here to get you up to speed on all the observations around the Buckeye beat from today’s action.

And boy are we overreacting today...

Okay maybe it’s not an overreaction if you’re panicking. I mean, this is not good news for the Buckeyes. On Monday, head coach Ryan Day said the running back position may be one injury away from “a little bit of a crisis.”

Welp, that “one injury” arrived just a few hours later when redshirt sophomore running back Master Teague endured an injury during the first practice of the spring on Monday.

As far as how bad the injury is and how long we can expect Teague to be out, here’s what Eleven Warriors reported:

Ohio State has not confirmed the nature of the injury or whether he will be ready for the start of the season in September, but a source told Eleven Warriors that Teague suffered an Achilles injury during Monday’s practice. The severity of the injury is unknown at this time.

Teague was the team’s No. 2 running back behind J.K. Dobbins during the 2019 season. He rushed for 789 yards and four touchdowns. He was the high favorite to take over for Dobbins this season.

But now that he’s out, and Marcus Crowley is also listed as unavailable, Ohio State is, well, in a little bit of a crisis. Steele Chambers is now the only available scholarship player at running back, unless they move Demario McCall back to the position (he’s been practicing at slot receiver). They also have freshman three-star prospect Miyan Williams set to join the team this summer.

It might look bad on paper. And you’re probably writing off the season already. But remember, Ohio State doesn’t have backups, just more starters....and a quarterback who can throw the dang ball.

I, too, would do anything for $2 million. The addition of Connecticut completes the Buckeyes’ 2025 schedule. It will be the first time ever playing the Huskies. They open the 2025 season at home against Texas.

Ohio State’s 2026 home opener against Ball State will also be the first-ever matchup between the two teams.

Former Ohio State tight end Marcus Baugh will reunite with two former Buckeyes on the Redskins’ offense—quarterback Dwayne Haskins and wide receiver Terry McLaurin. The trio played together at Ohio State in 2017. Haskins was still a backup quarterback, but Baugh and McLaurin started at tight end and wide receiver, respectively.

The 25-year-old tight end was last with the Carolina Panthers, who signed him on April 30 and released him on Feb. 22. His new head coach— Ron Rivera— led the Panthers from 2011-2019 and obviously liked what he saw in Baugh.

If Chase Young gets drafted by Washington, as many mock drafts predict, Ohio State fans may have to jump on the Redskins bandwagon.

I’m not crying, you’re crying...