Anchoring the top of the overachievement scale is Wisconsin, who on average finishes 32 spots higher than predicted. Also at the top of the scale is Oregon, which turns top-30 recruitment years into top-10 finishes, and Missouri, which has turned top-40 recruits into two top-5 seasons. The chart also shows that Georgia Tech’s overachievement in 2014 was not an anomaly. Despite having had just one top-40 recruiting class since 2002, the Yellow Jackets have had multiple strong seasons over the past decade.The worst of the underachievers are Colorado, Illinois and Indiana. And unsurprisingly, several years of coaching changes, off-field distractions and underwhelming on-field performance have left the football powerhouses of Michigan, Miami and Tennessee among the underachievers.If your team is a perennial overachiever and has an unusually strong recruiting class this year, perhaps expect big things in the next few years. If you’re a fan of an underachieving team, don’t get too excited just yet about a strong recruiting class. It hasn’t done much good in the recent past.UPDATE (Feb. 4, 5:50 p.m.): Minnesota was left out of the data for this article despite being in a Power 5 conference. In 2014, it overachieved by 17.3 points on the Massey scale, but over the past 10 years it finished 9.4 points lower than predicted on average. In most college towns, the unofficial start to next football season is National Signing Day. After months and even years of courting, athletic programs officially find out Wednesday which of recruits they’ve snagged, and which they’ve lost to rivals.For those who care to listen, there’s going to be a lot said about which schools nabbed the best recruiting class. But the pundits don’t have the last word — wins and losses do. I looked at how well schools’ recruiting classes translate into wins on the field and created a rating of how much each program underperforms or outperforms.I built my data set using two sources. I used ratings created by Ken Massey, a statistician best known for his system of rating sports teams, to measure team success. The ratings take into account factors such as win-loss and strength of schedule, which allowed me to distinguish between two teams with an identical win-loss record. I then used recruiting data from Rivals to measure how well a team recruited in each year from 2002 to 2014.1I chose to use Rivals over other recruiting services because of the availability of data, although this choice should not affect my analysis because team assessments are strongly correlated across recruiting services. In particular, I assessed each school’s recruiting success by using Rivals’ “points” metric, which awards points based on the skill level of recruits and how highly the recruits are ranked nationally. With that, I made a simple statistical model to predict where a team would finish in the ratings and compared the prediction to its actual 2014 rating.2For those with a bit of statistical training: I used ordinary least squares (i.e. linear regression) to regress the Massey ranking on the average recruitment points from 2011 to 2014, a squared term for the recruitment points (to account for the possibility that teams can only be so good or so bad and recruitment will have diminishing returns), plus an intercept, and then calculated the residuals for each school.The chart below shows how much better or worse each school fared in 2014 compared with how its recruiting predicts that it would finish.But that only tells us about the past year. I replicated the analysis for each season since 2005 to see which programs are habitually over- or underachieving.3I took the average of a school’s annual overachievement coefficient (i.e. the residuals). read more

Wisconsin senior running back Montee Ball, the Big Ten’s offensive player of the year for 2011, suffered head injuries during an attack by five men near the Badger campus early Thursday morning, according to police.According to the incident report, Ball did not appear to know his attackers. The incident is listed only as a battery and is being investigated as an unprovoked assault.Witnesses told police the men knocked Ball to the ground and began kicking him. Ball, a 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist, was taken to a hospital and released later Wednesday morning.A team spokesman said Ball spent two hours in the hospital before he was released. Ball’s father said his son’s phone was stolen in the attack. It is not known if he can practice Monday when camp opens. Wisconsin opens the season Sept. 1 at home against Northern Iowa.“My concern right now is for Montee’s health and well-being,” Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said in a prepared statement. “Montee has been released from the hospital and is under the care and supervision of our sports medicine staff. We will continue to evaluate him as we approach the start of fall camp this weekend. I do expect Montee to make a full recovery.”Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said in a prepared statement: “Montee has been released from the hospital and is under the care and supervision of our sports medicine staff. We will continue to evaluate him as we approach the start of fall camp this weekend. I do expect Montee to make a full recovery.”In a post to his Twitter account Wednesday, Ballwrote: “I appreciate the support and thank you for the concerns. I will be okay! See you guys in September! #WiscONsin.”Ball earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors last season after rushing for 1,923 yards and an NCAA-record 33 touchdowns on 307 carries. He also had six receiving touchdowns and his 39 overall TDs tied Barry Sanders’ NCAA record. His 2,229 all-purpose yards were second in Wisconsin history to Ron Dayne’s 2,242 yards in 1996. read more

Josh Smith, the much-maligned forward for the Atlanta Hawks, got his detractors off his back– for a while, anyway–with his performance in Game 4 of the first-round series against the Indiana Pacers.Smith scored a career playoff-best 29 points as the Hawks built a 17-point lead at halftime, then withstood an Indiana comeback to even the series with a 102-91 victory.“You da one, Smoove,” teammate Dahntay Jones said as he walked by Smith’s locker. “You da one.”The one, indeed. After struggling much of the second half, the enigmatic Smith made every big play down the stretch. He swished a rare 3-pointer, came up with an offensive rebound to set up a 3 by Kyle Korver, and finished off a fast break with a right-handed dunk. Plus, he did another stout defensive job on Indiana star Paul George, who had to work for every one of his 21 points.“When he plays like that,” Hawks guard Devin Harris said of Smith, “we’re a very good team.”With George scoring 18 in the second half, many on very difficult shots, the Pacers made a game of it. But they couldn’t come all the way back from a 57-40 deficit at the break. Indiana got as close as four in the third quarter, and was within five many times in the final 10 minutes. But the Pacers expended so much energy getting back in the game they just didn’t have enough to complete the comeback.Tied at two wins apiece, the teams return to Indianapolis for Game 5 on Wednesday night.“This is going to be one heck of a series right now,” Pacers center Roy Hibbert said. “I thought we’d be able to at least split down here.”Korver added 19 points off the bench, most of them coming on his specialty: the 3-pointer. He knocked down five from outside the arc, including the biggest one with 2:33 remaining after Al Horford threw up a wild shot that missed. Smith snatched one of his 11 rebounds and spotted Korver lurking all alone on the outside.“Energy and effort,” Smith said. “If we play with those two words and play together — I take that back, make it three words — we’re a pretty good basketball team.”Horford chipped in with 18 points, and Anthony Tolliver made all three of his shots from beyond the 3-point line, providing a big boost every time the Hawks needed one.But it was Smith who made sure the Hawks got the game they absolutely had to have before going back on the road.“Just his energy,” Horford said. “When he plays with that level of energy, it makes such a difference. I’m not saying he doesn’t do it all the time, but when he’s so engaged and doing the little things, it makes a big difference to us.”Indiana was better offensively than Game 3 but still struggled to make shots, finishing at 38 percent on a 32-of-84 performance. George came alive after halftime, connecting three times from beyond the stripe, while every other starter was in double figures.It wasn’t enough.The Hawks beat Indiana for the 13th straight time at Phillips Arena, a streak that dates to 2006. But the Pacers can take solace with not having to win in Atlanta, as long as they take care of business on their home court.“That’s a great Atlanta team over there,” George Hill said. “We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy series. We knew they weren’t going to lay down. It’s always tough for us to play here. It’s good we have two more games on our home court if necessary.”Then again, Indiana must be wondering how the series got to this point after the Pacers dominated the first two games in their building, averaging 110 points and a 16-point margin of victory.The Hawks turned the momentum with a 90-69 blowout in Game 3. They did enough good things in the first half and the closing minutes to get the series back where it started as they head back to the heartland.“We contested pretty much every shot they took,” Smith said. “That’s what it’s going to take (to win at Indiana). “ read more

Tiger Woods, who many thought was faking back troubles to obscure bad play, will miss the Masters after undergoing back surgery earlier this week for a pinched nerve that has been hurting him for several months, the world’s No. 1 player said Tuesday on his website.It will be the first time in 20 years that Woods will not play in the event.The microdiscectomy was performed Monday by neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Rich in Park City, Utah. The statement said Woods will begin “intensive rehabilitation and soft-tissue treatment” within a week, and the goal is for him to return to competition “sometime this summer.”Woods, 38, has been suffering from back spasms that were an issue during competition last fall and resurfaced again last month at the Honda Classic, where Woods withdrew during the final round.“It’s tough right now, but I’m absolutely optimistic about the future,” Woods said in the statement. “There are a couple [of] records by two outstanding individuals and players that I hope one day to break. As I’ve said many times, Sam (Snead) and Jack (Nicklaus) reached their milestones over an entire career. I plan to have a lot of years left in mine.”“After attempting to get ready for the Masters, and failing to make the necessary progress, I decided, in consultation with my doctors, to have this procedure done,” Woods said in the statement.“I’d like to express my disappointment to the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons that I will not be at the Masters. It’s a week that’s very special to me. It also looks like I’ll be forced to miss several upcoming tournaments to focus on my rehabilitation and getting healthy.”Woods  played the WGC-Cadillac Championship, where he acknowledged that his back bothered him during the tournament and especially during the final round in which he shot 78 — his highest final-round score as a pro.On March 18, two days prior to the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Woods announced on his website that he would not play in that tournament, which he has won eight times, as his back problems had yet to subside.On March 24, Woods said it was “too soon” to make a call on the Masters and that “was the frustrating thing about this.”Woods has played in every Masters since 1995, when he was an amateur. The following year, he missed his only cut at Augusta National just a few months prior to turning pro. read more

LeBron James had to dispute reports that he and Cleveland Cavalier point guard Kyrie Irving got into an argument after a recent loss, as if them yelling at each other it meant something sinister. This is significant because when Tom Brady yells at a New England Patriot lineman or receiver, it’s lauded as being the act of a “true leader and competitor.”Why the different depictions?In a word, race.James is Black. Brady is white.And therein lies the issue. The white media considers Black athletes’ movements or actions as aggressive or over the top, but white athletes acting in a similar fashion are almost always classified as “fiery” or “wanting to win.”Newspapers and television booths have hardly been racially integrated, so we continually hear these racially imbalanced comments that speak to cultural biases.Dez Bryant, the Dallas Cowboys’ sensational receiver, challenges his teammates on the sidelines, and it’s called a “tirade” and he’s labeled as “out of control” by white analysts. Why can’t he be “fiery” and “a leader?”Bryant wants to win just as much as Brady or Peyton Manning or any white player who gets in a teammate’s face during the emotion of a game or to vehemently express a point. But his passion is perceived as “selfish” and “wild” or any other connotation that does not represent something positive.When Tiger Woods (yeah, he’s Black) slams his golf club or curses in frustration at his play, he’s called “unsportsmanlike.” Name a white golfer who does the same thing—and there are many—and there hardly is a mention of the act itself, and never a reprimand.This double standard is rooted in race, intentional or not.There is also the commentary about the white athlete having “less talent” but making up for it because he’s “cerebral.” Really? And yet the Black athlete is successful because of “God-given talent?”Robert Griffin III fights his way back into the game after a knee injury and he’s “silly” for risking his career. Tony Romo comes back into the game moments after suffering an injury to his surgically repaired back, and he’s considered “tough” and “valiant.”These contrasts can go on for some time, but you get the point.James denies he and Irving had a confrontation, partly because he says it is not true and partly because he does not want to be looked at in the wrong way, which could be inevitable by someone whose lense is foggy.Watch and listen to the commentary at college and NFL games this weekend. Notice the difference in how athletes are depicted, classified, described. The differences on the comments will be distinguishable along racial lines. Soon, you’ll be able to close your eyes and tell the race of the athlete just by listening to the words they use.This, sadly, remains an issue in 2014, something addressed yearly by organizations like the National Association of Black Journalists. That’s one reason NABJ has merit; to provide perspective in newsrooms that shape Black people’s images by championing the cause for fair hiring practices.And yet, despite some serious gains in the 1990s, Black sportswriters/commentators able to provide balanced commentary—or, more importantly, refute the biased views—hardly exist relative to the purported societal gains of today.So often, when we watch sporting events hoping to escape the madness of our lives, this kind of racial insensitivity serves as a rude interruption, a harsh shove back into the real world. It’s sad that we’re used to it. read more

Members of the University of Missouri football team return to practice on in Columbia, Mo. (Michael B Thomas/Getty Images)A Missouri legislator has proposed a new law that would strip Black college student athletes of their political power.The law was inspired by the actions of the University of Missouri football team who went on strike to protest President Tim Wolfe’s poor handling of racial problems on campus. The football team’s protest eventually led to Wolfe’s resignation.According to the The Guardian, the bill, co-sponsored by State Rep. Kurt Bahr, curtails student athletes’ ability to protest political or social issues. According to the bill, any student athlete who refuses to play for non-health related issues could lose their scholarship. Also, any coach who supports or encourages a strike by a student athlete would be subject to a fine.The proposed legislation would go into effect in August 2016. However, it’s unsure how the law would be enforced since the athletic department doesn’t use state funds. According to the student handbook, “[T]hus, similar to private business, the Mizzou Athletics Department must operate solely from what revenue it generates. “ Bahr told The Columbia Missourian he had never read the student handbook.Ian Simon, a former member of the Mizzou football team who led the protest, criticized the proposed bill. He said the bill sees student athletes as jocks who shouldn’t have a political opinion.“They want to call us student athletes. But they keep us out of the student part of it. I’m more than just a football player … As soon as we’re done playing at the University of Missouri, the University of Missouri does not care about us anymore. We are not their responsibility … Our sport is just a small part of who we are,” said Simon.According to The Guardian, the football team was motivated to act because they were concerned about the health of Jonathan Butler, a University of Missouri student who had gone on hunger strike to protest Wolfe’s lack of action.The University of Missouri football team’s action showed how much power black college athletes have. College athletic programs are huge moneymaking ventures and any potential strike would interrupt that revenue stream.“It (the strike) struck an economic blow at Tim Wolfe’s chance of keeping his job,” said Dave Zirin, a sports columnist with The Nation in an interview with Democracy Now! last month. “If the team had forfeited its game this weekend against BYU, the school would have had to write a check for $1 million. That’s more than twice what Tim Wolfe makes in a year.”Zirin said the strike showed how much leverage student athletes have in the multibillion dollar world of college sports. In recent years, there has been an increase in college athletes flexing their political muscle. Players at Northwestern University tried to create a union and players at Grambling University complained about their working conditions. Zirin said the University of Missouri football team’s strike could set a precedent for future political activity.“I think what it does is it lays a handbook, really, for campus activists around the country, particularly at these big state schools, to say, ‘Let’s talk to the athletes,’” Zirin said. “Let’s not see them as living in this separate space. Let’s actually try to connect with them. Let’s hear their grievances and see if they’re willing to hear ours, as well.’” read more

When the Blue Jackets get a man advantage at home, announcer Greg Murray gets the fans out of their seats with his signature booming exclamation, “Jackets on the power play!” This season, the fans might as well stay seated. The Jackets are ranked second-to-last in power-play percentage with a paltry 12.2 percent after 42 games. Coach Scott Arniel addressed the power-play concerns after a blowout loss late in the year. “We’re trying to get our guys to shoot,” Arniel said. “I’m not sure if we’re afraid of getting blocked or whatever it might be. We’re just going to have to try to stick with it and simplify, try to shoot pucks as much as possible with traffic around the front of the net.” The lack of shooting on power plays explains why the Jackets have only scored 19 power-play goals in 156 power-play opportunities so far this season. Jackets center R.J. Umberger said the better teams in the NHL have good power-play systems. “In this day and age, it’s very important,” Umberger said. “We’re trying to work on it every day, and we’re going over a lot of video. I think it’s going to take a lot of just getting simple and shooting more pucks.” Although the lack of goals is a concern, Jackets defenseman Anton Stralman said the Jackets’ propensity for giving up shorthanded goals is something else the team needs to work on. “It’s absolutely a concern. Obviously that’s not the way it should be,” Stralman said. “Our power play is not working right now.” Stralman echoed Umberger’s suggestion that the Jackets keep things simple. “We need to put pucks up by the net, get traffic out in front and hopefully get a few bounces on our side,” Stralman said. Two seasons ago, the Jackets were in a similar position. They made it to the postseason for the first time in franchise history, despite having the lowest power-play percentage in the league. The Detroit Red Wings then swept the Jackets in the first round. The similarities don’t end there. The Jackets started the season by jumping out to a 14-6 record, but have gone 6-13-3 since. Last season, the team started 12-6-2 before losing 16 of its next 19 games. Despite the team’s struggles, Umberger is convinced that this squad can turn it around. “I think this is a different team; we’re a lot more confident,” Umberger said. “We have young players that are developing and getting another year of experience, and we have a coaching staff that’s going to make us pay attention to details all throughout the year.” read more

The United States men’s national soccer team views its World Cup qualifying match against Jamaica as a cut-and-dry issue – they need to win. Former U.S. national team star Brian McBride doesn’t share the current players’ desperation, but even he conceded that qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil becomes problematic if the team doesn’t take care of business against Jamaica Tuesday at Crew Stadium. The Americans are trailing Jamaica in the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying after a 2-1 loss to the Jamaicans in Kingston, Jamaica, on Friday. The loss leaves the U.S. stuck in a second-place tie in the group with Guatemala. Only the top two teams from the four-team group will advance to the final round of qualifying. A positive result seemed likely for the U.S. early in the Friday game as midfielder Clint Dempsey scored 36 seconds into the match to put his team up, 1-0. That was the last time the Americans’ offense would be heard from in the game as the Jamaican attack took center stage on its home field. Midfielder Rodolph Austin pulled Jamaica level in the 24th minute before striker Luke Shelton scored the game-winner for Jamaica in the 62nd minute off a free kick. During a Monday phone interview with The Lantern, McBride said that, despite the loss, now isn’t the right time to combine the words “must” and “win.” “Whenever you are at home in qualifying, you have to view it as a game you want to win. A must-win – adding that word ‘must’ is only relevant when it’s you have to win or you’re out,” McBride told The Lantern. “That’s not necessarily the case here. Does (a loss) make things problematic? Yeah, definitely, that added pressure can be good, can be bad.” Following a team training session Sunday in Crew Stadium, U.S. defender and captain Carlos Bocanegra, a member of the Spanish club Racing Santander, said Jamaica stretched the team’s defenses thin. The stretched defense, Bocanegra said, was just one of several factors in the loss. “I think (Jamaica) more tired us out. It was a little bit of a frustrating match,” Bocanegra said. “You know, the field wasn’t great. They were coming through us, the ref wasn’t calling much but it wasn’t just bad for us. It was bad both ways. So, we need to adapt to that.” The last time the U.S. and Jamaica met in a World Cup qualifier at Crew Stadium was Nov. 17, 2004, and the teams drew, 1-1, before a crowd of more than 9,000 that sat in a cold rain. A sellout crowd is forecast for Tuesday’s game, though, and those fans are likely to see a revamped approach from the American side. Dempsey, the first American-born player to ever score a hat-trick in the English Premier League and the current owner of the record for most goals scored in a single EPL season by a U.S. player (13), elaborated on what the U.S. will need to do against Jamaica in the rematch. “Playing with a little more confidence. Playing with a little more urgency,” Dempsey said of the Americans’ likely strategy on Tuesday. “Do a better job of keeping possession and do a better job of creating chances.” Dempsey also claimed that Tuesday’s match is a must win, saying, “it’s about getting results and getting three points on Tuesday.” Positives can be drawn from last week’s loss in Kingston, McBride said, and the situation is not all doom and gloom. “What I’d love to see is the U.S. play the passionate, quick-paced, possession passing game that they’ve been doing leading up to the Jamaica game,” McBride told The Lantern. “That’s what I sort of expect to see and I hope to see a win.” read more

Redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz and other members of the OSU men’s tennis team are congratulated by OSU Director of Athletics and Vice President Gene Smith after a match against Northwestern. OSU won, 4-3, to set the NCAA record for consecutive home wins with 185.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerMore than a decade of dominance was culminated in history for the Ohio State men’s tennis team against Northwestern.The No. 2 Buckeyes (20-2, 5-0) defeated the No. 28 Wildcats, 4-3, Friday at the Varsity Tennis Center for their 185th consecutive home victory, the most by any team in NCAA history.The Stanford women’s tennis previously held the record, going undefeated in Palo Alto, Calif., from 1999-2011. The Buckeyes began their home dominance with a 5-2 win over Purdue April 5, 2003.“Obviously you’re happy for the guys in the room. They were able to come together and fight,” OSU coach Ty Tucker said. “For five or six straight matches all we do is talk about the streak.  People come out, there’s excitement around tennis because of the streak. Every time we have to rise up and win and we were able to do it. And it wasn’t easy.”The Wildcats (12-8, 1-3) did their best to come in and put an end to the streak and send the crowd — one that included OSU Director of Athletics and Vice President Gene Smith — home in disappointment.Doubles play began with the Buckeye duo of redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan and redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach breaking serve early and holding on to beat sophomore Mihir Kumar and freshman Konrad Zieba, 8-6.The Buckeyes’ No. 6-ranked team of senior Peter Kobelt and redshirt-junior Kevin Metka stayed on serve all match with senior Raleigh Smith and freshman Sam Shropshire. In the tiebreak though, Kobelt took over. He was responsible for five points en route to the 8-7 (7-2) victory, securing the doubles point and putting OSU just only three singles wins away from the record.The Wildcats came out strong in singles, earning three first set wins. Unfortunately for them, they needed one more.Metka was off first, breaking Kumar’s serve once each set and holding his own serve the whole match to win 6-3, 6-3.Mere minutes after Metka’s victory, Steinbach dominated his second set tiebreak to defeat junior Alex Pasareanu 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).With only one more win needed to go down in history, OSU turned again to Kobelt, the captain and lone senior on the squad.After cruising in the first set, Kobelt found himself tied at five with Smith in their second set. Sensing the match was within grasp, he finally got the break he needed and crossed the court with the chance to win on his serve.With recording devices of all kind in the air trying to capture the moment, Kobelt fired a huge serve that Smith barely returned over the net. When the ball just made it over, Kobelt smashed it into the corner for the winner and 6-1, 7-5 victory.Afterwards, Kobelt said he knew he had the opportunity to close things out.“Our coaches always tell us not to watch the scoreboard, but it’s a pretty nice and big scoreboard, so you end up catching yourself looking up at it,” Kobelt said. “There was a moment where I was like ‘It’s going to come down to me.’”Although the remaining matches had to be finished before the teams could head to the locker rooms, the crowd stayed the whole time to give the Buckeyes the ovation they deserved.“I’ll be thinking about it for the rest of my life,” Metka said. “We’ll be in the record books. It’s a really big accomplishment. I’m proud of everyone.”Despite having an indoor national championship in hand and now an NCAA record, Tucker still wants improvement from his team down the final stretch. Especially with No. 10 Illinois set to come to town Sunday.“There’s a lot of work left to do and we have to find a way,” Tucker said “A couple spots didn’t show up tonight, so we have to find a way to get that improved over the next 24 to 48 hours.”The Buckeyes are scheduled take on the Fighting Illini at 12 p.m. Sunday at the Varsity Tennis Center. read more

Redshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall (2) uses the referee as a blocker during a game against Florida A&M Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 76-0.Credit: Lantern file photoAfter being passed up in the 2014 NFL Draft and the subsequent free agent signing period, former Ohio State running back Jordan Hall, a Jeanette, Pa., native, has signed a deal to join fellow Buckeye and 2014 first-round pick Ryan Shazier with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to the team’s website.The 5-foot-9-inch, 190-pound back, a high school teammate of former Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor, spent five seasons at OSU, beginning in 2009.Hall rushed for just 409 yards in his first two seasons in Columbus, but nearly equaled that total in his junior campaign alone, when he rushed for 408 yards on 100 carries in 2011.Prior to his senior season – a season in which many predicted he would be a big factor for the Buckeyes in Urban Meyer’s offense – Hall suffered a foot injury that kept him out of the first couple of contests. Upon his return, he played in just 3 games before suffering a knee injury that ended his season.Hall was granted a medical redshirt for his multiple injuries in 2012, which allowed him to return to the Buckeyes for one last go-around in 2013.Hall made the most of his final season as he played in 13 games, rushed for a career-high 536 yards on 81 carries and scored eight of his 14 career rushing touchdowns for the Buckeyes.Also a kick returner for much of his five-year stint in Columbus, Hall finished his career ranked 12th all-time at OSU in all-purpose yards with 3,486 and third in all-time kickoff return yards with 1,308.The Steelers’ roster already boasts five running backs, including former Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell, former Oregon back LeGarrette Blount and former Kent State running back and 2014 third-round pick, Dri Archer.According to the Steelers’ website, former Buckeyes Mike Adams, Will Allen, Bryant Browning and Cameron Heyward are with the team, as well as Shazier.It remains to be seen when Hall will actually put on a Steelers helmet, as the team is set to finish its organized team activities tomorrow until the start of training camp in July. read more