I may be in the minority, but I think that the OSU staff realized in their tough games this year that handing off to Weber was not going to lead to touchdowns. He's a tough kid who does everything pretty well, and will certainly improve. But I didn't see much wiggle to make people miss OR big-time acceleration to turn those 5-yard gains into 20-yard gains. Add that he's not big enough to really blow up the line, and it seemed like he's a decent back who will pick up yards but won't win you championships. Obviously, the special athletic talent of a Braxton Miller or Zeke Elliott doesn't come around every year. But with Barrett and Weber both limited athletically, it seemed to really hamper the Buckeyes' offense at times this year.
Flamethrow away, but our last natty run was bolstered by elite talent/performance in three areas:
- Cardale Jones's arm
- Zeke Elliott's overall talent including speed
- Devin Smith's speed
- The O-line's talent, experience, and cohesion
Other than Curtis Samuel's talent & speed, and maybe J.T.'s short-yardage ability, do you see any other elite weaponry on the offensive side of the ball? I want to be wrong, but unless Samuel gets near 200 total yards, I'm not sure how this team scores more than 20 points against Clemson or Bama.