Since Urban Meyer has been a coach at Ohio State University, the bar has been raised when it comes to expectations for the starting running back. Carlos Hyde and Ezekiel Elliot are now starting in the National Football League. Prepare yourselves for the next household name in the backfield for the Buckeyes. Mike Weber.
The Ohio State Buckeyes will have plenty of athletes in space in 2016. However, there’s only one running back has both the experience and prototypical body type to run between the tackles at a high rate for the Buckeyes in 2016. That player’s Mike Weber. He’s only 5-foot-10, but can burst through defenders at full speed with his weight of 215 pounds. Teammates have already compared his running style to former Buckeye Carlos Hyde.
It makes sense for Weber to be “the guy” in the backfield for Ohio State. The team has a quarterback who’s a threat to run on any down and plenty of talent to get the ball to, including Curtis Samuel, Dontre Wilson and Noah Brown.
Weber provides a steady and intimidating force to balance things out. He’s the guy fans might get mad at sometimes in the stands and watching on TV saying “they ran the ball up the middle, how creative coach” in a sarcastic and angry manner. However, it’s that balance of having a power running game, players in space and a quarterback who’s a playmaker on every down that gives this offense the highest ceiling in 2016.
Quarterback J.T. Barrett will be a nightmare for defenders to keep track of, but if Weber can become a force in the run game early on, the Buckeyes offense will be virtually impossible to slow down at times this upcoming season. It’s tough to project how soon Weber will become the go-to running back on a regular basis, but he’s got the ability to be the next big name in the backfield for the squad.
Expect Mike Weber to make a huge impact by the end of the 2016 campaign for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
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