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Clarett Should Return As Buckeyes Open Big Ten Season

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Freshman tailback Maurice Clarett should be back in No. 6 Ohio State's lineup Saturday for its Big Ten opener against Indiana.

Clarett, who gained 471 yards in Ohio State's first three games, had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last week. He missed the Buckeyes' 23-19 win over Cincinnati.

Coach Jim Tressel said Clarett did some running Monday.

"It'll be interesting to see how far he comes today," Tressel said Tuesday. "Our trainers told us today they would call him 'probable.' Obviously, we'll see how 'probable' that is as it goes."

Against Cincinnati, Lydell Ross gained 130 yards on 23 carries.

"I wanted that 100-yard game right off the top. I wanted to break 100. I wanted to make an impact on the game, which I did," Ross said. "I hadn't been able to get my rhythm going into the first three games. That was my chance, that was my opportunity."

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