Sources – Ohio State RB TreVeyon Henderson is expected to return

Thamel HouseespnOctober 21, 2023 at 09:10 AM ET2 min read

Ohio State star running back TreVeyon Henderson is expected to return for the No. 3 Buckeyes against No. 7 Penn State on Saturday, sources told ESPN.

Ohio State is now listing Henderson as a game-time decision. They changed the Big Ten injury report, according to a school official.

Henderson’s return leads a rejuvenated running back room for Ohio State, where two more of the school’s injured players, Mian Williams and Chip Traianum, are also expected to return on Saturday.

Ohio State being without top linebacker Denzel Burke and star wide receiver Emeka Egbuka is questionable, sources told ESPN, which means the potential absence of two key starters.

Burke has not trained this week after being injured on Saturday against Bordeaux and Egbuka is expected to try to play, but sources have indicated his chances of contributing are slim.

The return of Henderson, who has missed Ohio State’s last two games with an undisclosed injury, is a shot of adrenaline in an Ohio State running game that has looked sluggish at times in his absence. All three returnees have practiced this week at Ohio State, according to sources.

Henderson is one of the most talented running backs in the country, averaging 6.7 yards per carry and rushing for 104 yards against Notre Dame. That included a 61-yard run, one of the key plays in Ohio State’s 17-14 win.

Henderson, a junior, has been a workhorse for OSU over the past three years. He missed Ohio State’s 37-17 win over Maryland and the 41-7 win over Purdue last week, which saw Ohio State field reserve linebacker Dallan Hayden, who was talked about for redshirting, with Williams out and Traianum injured in the first half. a fourth.

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Burke exited the Purdue game in the third quarter, and his expected loss will be a huge loss to the Nittany Lions. He is a three-year starter at Ohio State and has seven pass breakups this season and one interception.

Egbuka suffered a lower-body injury in Ohio State’s win over Maryland two weeks ago. He’s Ohio State’s second-leading receiver behind All-American Marvin Harrison Jr., Egbuka is a solid enough NFL player that he’s projected to go in the top 50 in next year’s NFL Draft. He has 22 catches for 303 yards and three touchdowns this year, a strong follow-up to his sophomore season when he caught 74 balls for 1,151 yards.

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