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Scarlet Sunrise: Which running backs will Ohio State target to replace Sampson James?

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Tony Alford will need a new running back in the 2019 class. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Which running backs will Ohio State target to replace Sampson James?

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Noah Cain time?

Ohio State suffered an unexpected loss on the recruiting trail when 4-star running back Sampson James decommitted on Sunday, but the Buckeyes are back in pursuit of a big-time target. Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 4-star running back Noah Cain faded from the picture publicly while the Buckeyes had two running backs committed, but Ohio State coaches have quietly been staying in contact with Cain throughout his recruitment.

“I heard from [running backs coach Tony] Alford earlier,” Cain said Sunday afternoon. “I’ve actually been in contact with them almost every day. They’ve been very transparent. There’s always been a legitimate chance I go to Ohio State. It was always just: Did it make sense for me to go?”

It certainly seems to make more sense now. The Buckeyes will have some work to do, though. Cain hasn’t started his official visit tour yet, but he will this weekend when he travels to Auburn. Penn State, LSU, Texas and Ohio State will round out those trips, but specific dates aren’t really known yet.

Urban Meyer provides updates

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer met with the media on Monday and spoke about both the Indiana game and the upcoming game against Minnesota. Here’s a few of the things to know from his presser:

  • It’s possible Branden Bowen could get healthy in time to play this season
  • Malik Harrison and Jonathon Cooper are doing “much better” after exiting the Indiana game due to injury
  • It’s possible Brian Hartline will have his interim tag removed
  • Once again, Dwayne Haskins won’t be sent under center in short yardage
  • Ohio State had a good recruiting weekend

WATCH: Urban Meyer press conference

Purdue time announced

Get ready for a weird night in West Lafayette. The Big Ten announced that the Buckeyes will take on Purdue on Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised by ABC.

Dwayne Haskins earns B1G honors

For the third straight week and fourth time this season, Dwayne Haskins was named Big Ten offensive player of the week. His six-touchdown performance against Indiana very nearly ended with him breaking the school record for passing yards in a game.

Offensive Player of the Week
Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State

•              Completed 33 of 44 passes for 455 yards and six touchdowns in the victory over Indiana
•              Became first quarterback in Big Ten history to have three games with at least five touchdown passes in one season
•              Tied school records with six touchdown passes and 33 completions, while finishing the game three yards shy of Art Schlichter’s 1978 school record of 458 passing yards
•              Earns his fourth career Offensive Player of the Week award and third in as many weeks
•              Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Dwayne Haskins (Oct. 1, 2018)

Counting down

  • Ohio State vs. Minnesota: 4 days
  • The Game: 46 days

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“Once again, Dwayne Haskins won’t be sent under center in short yardage”

This is really dumb, adjust your game plan to your personnel coach.

Ryan Ginn

Ryan Ginn has covered Ohio State football and recruiting since 2013, having done so previously for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.

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