Dunn could seize expanded role

With running back Jordan Hall expected to miss the beginning of the season following foot surgery, Carlos Hyde (566 yards rushing, six touchdowns last season) is likely to take over the starting role for Ohio State during the senior's absence.

But Hall's injury could be the break true freshman Bri'onte Dunn is looking for.

In the mix with sophomore Rod Smith, Dunn should see the field more than anticipated. According to Scott Garcia -- Dunn's high school coach at Canton (Ohio) GlenOak -- fans shouldn't expect much of a drop-off when Dunn hits the field.