Five storylines: UAB-Ohio State 

September, 20, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Looking at the hot topics and pressing issues as Ohio State closes out its non-conference slate on Saturday against UAB.

1. Wrap it up: There has apparently been no shortage of tackling in practice. But that didn’t translate into the game last week against California, which produced an extra workout of intense contact and even more emphasis on fundamentals for the Ohio State defense. The perfect example of how important finishing every opportunity is to the coaching staff -- safety Christian Bryant broke up two passes with thunderous hits and capped the victory with his first career interception, but he didn’t grade out as a champion because he missed a tackle. The Buckeyes obviously missed plenty of other plays in giving up 512 yards of offense, but that is the standard they will be held to moving forward.

2. Roaming with Hall: The return of Jordan Hall in the backfield clearly eased the burden on Braxton Miller in the running game, allowing the Buckeyes to get his carries down to a more manageable number against the Golden Bears with just 12 attempts. Hall led the team with 17 rushes though, and in his first game back, the senior might have also benefitted from having somebody to share the load with on the ground. Ohio State still won’t have Carlos Hyde back from his knee sprain against the Blazers, and Hall should be better prepared after getting a game and another week of practice under his belt. But until Hyde returns, it might help if freshman Bri’onte Dunn or fullback Zach Boren can sneak in a few rushes.

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