Ohio State RB Demario McCall suffered “another flare-up” of what coach Urban Meyer previously called a “groin, abdomen injury” in practice leading up to Saturday’s game against UNLV, the Buckeyes’ coach told reporters Thursday.
McCall has yet to carry the ball for Ohio State in 2017 after gaining 270 yards on just 49 carries in 2016. He has appeared on special teams.
“He’s certainly a guy we want to take a look at,” Meyer said Thursday, hinting that he’d like to get McCall back on the field.
Speaking with reporters on Monday, Meyer said he was “going to try” to play McCall Saturday against UNLV:
“He certainly needs to improve. He has not been at full speed. He’s much closer than he was. I’m going to try to get him in a game and determine if he can go. He had a tough injury. For those kind of guys, that groin, abdomen injury that he had. So he’s getting better.”
And here’s what the coach had to say on McCall before Ohio State’s season opener against Indiana:
“He’s had a little bit of an injury,” Meyer said. “He had a hernia surgery in the spring. We’re bouncing him back between that hybrid (and running back). He’s just gotta get stronger, faster and stay healthy,” Meyer said. “He’s still very much in the plans in the return game. I think he’s a backup with K.J Hill (at punt return), but he’s back there with him. I think we’re going to start both of those guys.
“We still feel very strong about him. He’s just got to stay healthy and become a dynamic player. We’ve seen signs of it. He just needs to be more consistent. We all love him. He’s a great kid. His biggest thing is you better be lightning fast or you better be strong. To be not that, that’s where he’s working. He’s coming on, but he’s got to stay healthy.”