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Buckeyes backfield full up

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Urban Meyer couldn't be happier that Carlos Hyde is returning to the field for No. 4 Ohio State, even though it might create minor headaches when it comes to playing time.

Hyde missed the first three games because he was suspended after an alleged assault against a woman at a bar this summer that did not lead to charges.

"He is welcome back," Meyer said Wednesday. "… He's handled his business the right way. If he didn't handle his business the right way he wouldn't be playing in this game."

Jordan Hall has been solid in place of Hyde, last year's leading scorer and second-leading rusher for the Buckeyes. Hyde joins a mix that also includes Rod Smith and Dontre Wilson.

"There's only one football," Hall said, acknowledging that Hyde will get his share of touches against Florida A&M.

Quarterback Braxton Miller is expected to return after missing most of the last two games with a sprained knee ligament. He will vie with stellar fill-in Kenny Guiton for snaps.

Miller was not full speed but practiced Wednesday. "I think he'll be ready in a still somewhat limited role," Meyer said. "That's kind of what I'm counting on right now."

Arizona State: Football coach Todd Graham and athletic director Steve Patterson will receive contract extensions through 2018, the Associated Press reported, though the deals still must be approved by the state Board of Regents this month.

Arkansas: Coach Bret Bielema said quarterback Brandon Allen (shoulder) will likely be a game-time decision at Rutgers. If Allen can't go, AJ Derby will start.

Nebraska: Chancellor Harvey Perlman and athletic director Shawn Eichorst said in a joint statement that they believe coach Bo Pelini was sincere in his apology for what he said two years ago in an audio leaked to deadspin.com. There was no mention of disciplinary action. Pelini became unhinged after the Huskers beat Ohio State 34-27 in October 2011, criticizing fans who left the stadium in the third quarter, when Nebraska trailed by 21.

Rutgers: Quarterback Gary Nova (concussion) did a more work at practice and his chances of playing against Arkansas are improving.

Tennessee: Freshman defensive end Corey Vereen, back from a knee injury, is expected to make his collegiate debut against Florida, but starting linebacker Curt Maggitt remains sidelined with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Buckeyes backfield full up 09/18/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 9:45pm]
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