Ohio State football linebacker Chip Trayanum getting reps at running back
Ohio State linebacker Chip Trayanum has taken reps at running back in practice and could be used in emergency situations this fall.
The Buckeyes’ depth chart at running back took a hit last week when Evan Pryor suffered a knee injury in practice.
With Pryor expected to miss the season, the Buckeyes have only three available scholarship backs among TreVeyon Henderson, Miyan Williams and Dallan Hayden.
“He's natural,” Day said, “He's doing a great job at linebacker as well. He'll be a guy we can use as insurance. But just seeing him live and in color, he’s a talented running back. We can use him in a dual role if needed."
He rushed for 401 yards and six touchdowns last season with the Sun Devils.
But Hayden, a freshman who enrolled in June, is positioned as the third-string running back in place of Pryor to complement Henderson and Williams, who sit atop the depth chart.
“He's drinking through a firehose this preseason camp,” Day said, “he's had ups and downs, but I got to tell you, he's got a lot of talent.”
Hayden lost his black helmet stripe following practice on Saturday.