OSU's Fickell mulling his running back options

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio State interim coach Luke Fickell may have run his 10th practice on Tuesday, but he's still unsure who the starting running back will be for the season opener.

When asked if the position might be handled by committee for the Sept. 3 game against Akron, Fickell said, "You never know."

With senior incumbent Dan Herron (216 carries, 1,196 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2010) among four players serving a five-game suspension for NCAA rules violations, none of his replacements are blessed with experience.

Junior Jordan Hall (37-169-2), and sophomores Jaamal Berry (32-367-1) and Carlos Hyde (24-115) are in the mix, along with redshirt freshman Rod Smith.

"We've got a group of guys," Fickell said, "who are very impressive."