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OSU's Saine to start in place of hobbled Herron

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Ohio State fans have been clamoring to see more of Brandon Saine. They'll see him plenty on Saturday night at Indiana (Big Ten Network, 7 p.m. ET).

Saine will make his first career start at running back for the ninth-ranked Buckeyes as teammate Dan "Boom" Herron battles a sprained ankle. Herron, who has started Ohio State's first four games at running back, sustained the injury on a third-quarter touchdown run last week against Illinois.

Head coach Jim Tressel lists Herron at about 85 percent, a number that could improve during the next few days. But expect to see Saine and possibly freshman Jordan Hall get most of the carries against the Hoosiers.

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor actually leads Ohio State in rushing with 235 yards, while Herron tops the touchdowns chart with five but averages only 3.6 yards a carry. Saine has looked like the Buckeyes' best ball-carrier at times, averaging 5.7 yards on 32 rushes. He rushed for 81 yards on 13 carries against Illinois.

The 6-1, 217-pound Saine also provides a receiving threat out of the backfield, as he ranks third on the team with seven receptions for 84 yards.

As for heralded freshman running back Jaamal Berry, he continues to battle a hamstring injury and might not travel to Indiana. Ohio State still wants to use Berry this season, but if he doesn't heal soon, Tressel will consider using a redshirt.

Another freshman, offensive tackle Marcus Hall, could make his collegiate debut against the Hoosiers as he backs up J.B. Shugarts at right tackle.