Ohio State first rusher Miyan Williams, who missed practice this week with what coach Ryan Day said was a stomach issue, is expected to return to practice Thursday and be available to play against the Georgia in the college football playoff semifinals at the Chick-fil-Un Peach Bowl on Saturday.
Williams rushed for 817 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. He was not present at the Buckeyes media day on Thursday.
“He has a stomach problem, and we’re expecting him in practice today,” Day said. “We just have to take it as we go.”
A day later, the Buckeyes expect everyone to be available against Georgia.
Not having Williams in practice isn’t ideal, but Day said “the good news is our guys have responded well and some guys have stepped up.”
Ohio State’s top rusher of last season, TreVeyon Henderson, injured his foot in September and underwent season-ending surgery earlier this month.
Day said Henderson worked hard to try and get back on the pitch, “but in the end he just had to have surgery.”
“It was the right thing for Trey,” Day added. “…All of these guys prepared hard, and we have some good options.”
When Williams was injured against Michigan, Chip Trayanum won the majority of carries, rushing for 83 yards on 14 attempts. Dallan Hayden is the team’s third leading rusher with 510 yards and five touchdowns.