TreVeyon Henderson, Ohio State’s running back, will not be able to attend the College Football Playoff.
Henderson tweeted Tuesday night to say that he would miss the remainder of this season after Friday’s surgery for an unresolved foot injury. He told the Columbus Dispatch He stated that he had suffered from a fractured left foot and torn ligaments, and that the pain was worsening every game.
“It’s real painful,” Henderson told the paper. “I barely practiced all the season. It was so painful that I tried a lot of different cleats in an attempt to get through it. I really don’t know how I was able to push through it in the games I did play in. I just tried to do the best I can.”
The sophomore is Ohio State’s second-leading rusher despite playing in just eight games and carrying the ball just 107 times. He has 571 yards of total offense and six touchdowns. No. 4 Ohio State plays No. 1 Georgia will play in the Peach Bowl at New Year’s Eve. The winner plays No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 TCU to win the national title
Ohio State hasn’t had a healthy season at running back. Miyan Williams, the leading rusher, has missed two games. He has 817 yards and 13 touchdowns on 125 runs. Dallan Hayden has rushed to 510 yards and participated in nine games.
Hayden was the team’s leading rusher in wins over Indiana and Maryland in November. He ran for 102 yard against the Hoosiers, and for 146 against the Terrapins. Williams was the only one to rush for seven yards against Michigan, while he had eight carries. The Buckeyes’ leading rusher that game ended up being Deamonte Travanum.
Travanum, Williams and Hayden will be Ohio State’s leading rushing options against Georgia without Henderson in the lineup. Henderson ended up missing three of Ohio State’s final four games of the regular season.
In 2021, Henderson was an instant star as a freshman. He rushed for 1,248 yard and 15 touchdowns and had 27 catches of 312 yards and four touchdowns. He was a preseason favorite for the 2022 Heisman trophy along with C.J. Stroud. If he’s fully healthy entering 2023, Henderson will likely be near the top of the Heisman odds board once again.