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Ohio State running back Miyan Williams expected to play in Peach Bowl

Nov 12, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Miyan Williams (3) runs in a touchdown in the first quarter of their NCAA Division I football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brooke LaValley/The Columbus Dispatch-USA TODAY NETWORK

Ohio State running back Miyan Williams is expected to play Saturday in the College Football Playoff semifinal, despite an illness that has kept him out of practice this week.

Coach Ryan Day said Williams is ready to return to the practice field.

“He’s got a stomach bug, and we expect him at practice today,” Day said Thursday. “We just gotta take it as we go.”

Day said the Buckeyes largely are in good physical shape heading into the semifinal, to be played at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta.

On the season, Williams leads Ohio State in rushing with 817 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has assumed the role of lead running back in the absence of TreVeyon Henderson, who had surgery earlier this month to treat an ongoing foot injury and is out for the season.

“That was the right thing for Trey,” Day added. “… All these guys have been preparing hard, and we have some good options.”

Limited to eight games because of injury, Henderson ran for 571 yards and six touchdowns. Dallan Hayen was third on the Buckeyes with 510 yards and five touchdowns.

Either Ohio State (11-1) or top-ranked Georgia (13-0) will meet the winner of the other semifinal game. Michigan (13-0) and TCU (12-1) are meeting Saturday in the Fiesta Bowl.

–Field Level Media