Demario McCall has worked exclusively at running back so far in Ohio State’s spring football practices behind returning starter Mike Weber, but McCall thinks a slide to hybrid back could happen in the fall.
With the departure of H-back Curtis Samuel to the NFL, most observers expected the speedy McCall to be in that slot from the start of spring ball.
“I feel like probably fall camp they’ll move me out to the slot, get me more reps” there, McCall said after practice Thursday morning. “I’m not doing a lot of running right now.”
Weighing 195 pounds, up 20 from his playing weight as a freshman last season, McCall looks more like a running back compared to last year. He and freshman J.K. Dobbins have been the backups to Weber this spring while receiver Parris Campbell and others get some looks at H-back.
But McCall said the possibility of being used as a hybrid in the fall won’t be like learning a new language.
“The tailback stuff that we do, it goes along with the H-back stuff,” McCall said. “I’m learning them both, but I’m not actually in the slot yet.”