Ohio State football running back Master Teague to miss game at Indiana on Saturday

Joey Kaufman
The Columbus Dispatch

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Ohio State will be without backup running back Master Teague at Indiana on Saturday night for undisclosed reasons.

Teague was among 14 players who were listed as unavailable on the team’s pregame status report released three hours ahead of kickoff.

His absence leaves the Buckeyes a little thinner on depth behind TreVeyon Henderson in the backfield as Marcus Crowley is also out. Teague is their third-leading rusher with 245 yards and three touchdowns.

Miyan Williams is returning, though, after missing the past two games with an undisclosed injury, leaving Ohio State with at least three scholarship running backs available against the Hoosiers.

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Ohio State Buckeyes running back Master Teague III (33) gives Tulsa Golden Hurricane safety Kendarin Ray (1) a stiff arm during the fourth quarter of the NCAA football game at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. Ohio State won 41-20.

Indiana has one of the better defenses

Though Indiana has stumbled to a 2-4 start, it’s viewed as having one of the better defenses in the Big Ten and has been tough against the run. It has not allowed a running back to reach 100 yards in a game this season and held Michigan State's Kenneth Walker, the nation’s leading rusher, to 84 yards on 23 carries last week.

The Hoosiers are eighth in the conference in rush defense. 

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Other new absences for Ohio State this week include a handful of reserves, including offensive linemen Harry Miller and Enokk Vimahi, defensive tackle Jaden McKenzie and tight end Gee Scott.

Buckeyes’ starting defense 

Following an idle week, the Buckeyes’ starting defense is back to full strength. Defensive tackle Haskell Garrett and defensive end Tyreke Smith are set to return.

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Smith, one of the team’s most veteran pass rushers, has missed the past three games with an undisclosed injury, while Garrett appeared to aggravate a lower leg injury in a win over Maryland on Oct. 9. Garrett is second on the team in sacks with 3.5.

Cornerback Cameron Brown is also available after he was banged up against the Terrapins.

All of them were on track to return this week as coach Ryan Day remarked that they had been practicing.

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Joey Kaufman covers Ohio State football for The Columbus Dispatch. Contact him at jkaufman@dispatch.com or on Twitter @joeyrkaufman.