January 20, 2011

Will Berry bolt?

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Ohio State running back Jaamal Berry knows he is part of what is a very talented, yet crowded, backfield.He doesn't care.

As part of what is perhaps the deepest position on the team, Berry's name has come up in speculation in the recent months as a candidate who may consider transferring.

After the Buckeyes 31-26 win over Arkansas in the Rose Bowl, however, Berry confirmed he has absolutely no intention of leaving Ohio State.

"I am all in," Berry said. "I am just waiting for my time to shine."

The Buckeyes lose only one running back in Brandon Saine, but the team returns a flock of talent to the backfield, including running back Dan Herron, who led the team this year in rushing (1,155 yards) and rushing touchdowns (16).

Herron returns despite facing a five-game suspension to start next season after he and four other Ohio State players were found selling memorabilia given to them by the university in forms of awards.

There were assumption's that Herron would leave with Saine and test the NFL waters, specifically because the junior was coming off the most prolific year of his college career at Ohio State.

Instead, Herron returns to a backfield alongside Berry, Jordan Hall, Carlos Hyde, and Roderick Smith.

But Berry, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back, will be one of the guys turned to in order to help Ohio State's running game stay on track in the early portions of the season with Herron sitting out.

Berry, who also helped with the return game this season, carried the ball 32 times for 266 yards, posting an impressive 8.3 yards per carry average. Against Eastern Michigan, Berry had one carry that he took to the house 67 yards for a touchdown.

He is excited to be a part of such a talented backfield.

"It is very talented, actually," Berry said of the Buckeye backfield. "A lot of us bring different things to the table and we all are working hard in the off-season and get to the weights, get faster, stronger, and compete. That's all we do. We are always lifting each other up, that's why we are special group."

Ari Wasserman is a staff writer for BuckeyeGrove.com. He can be reached at Ari@BuckeyeGrove.com.


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