Ohio State leading rusher Miyan Williams, who has missed practice this week with what coach Ryan Day said is a stomach bug, is expected to return to practice Thursday and be available to play against Georgia in the College Football Playoff Semifinal Game at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Saturday.
Williams has rushed for 817 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. He was not present at the Buckeyes’ media day Thursday.
« He’s got a stomach bug, and we expect him at practice today, » Day said. « We just gotta take it as we go. »
Day later said the Buckeyes expect to have everyone available against Georgia.
Not having Williams at practice isn’t ideal, but Day said the « good news is our guys have responded well to it and some guys have stepped up. »
Ohio State’s leading rusher from last season, TreVeyon Henderson, injured his foot in September and underwent season-ending surgery earlier this month.
Day said Henderson worked hard to try to get back on the field, « but in the end he just had to have surgery. »
« That was the right thing for Trey, » Day added. « … All these guys have been preparing hard, and we have some good options. »
When Williams was injured against Michigan, Chip Trayanum took 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.