Mike Weber Looks to Amass Big Numbers in Year 2 as a Starter Just Like His Predecessors

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Louie1131's picture
Feed him.....

I wish the real world would just stop hassling me...

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js2378's picture

This play is poetry on motion and ran just like it was drawn up. Price pulling around to block the safety while the read "blocks" the DE. OL everywhere reaching the second level and blocking all 3 LBs. Beautiful to watch. 

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analyticalguy's picture

Good blocking and a good read by the QB can sure make a good RB look even better.

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faux_maestro's picture

The Carlos Hyde suspension was actually 2013, which makes his 1,521 yards even more impressive.

They're all chickens. The rooster has sex with all of them.

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analyticalguy's picture

960 yards in the 10 games in 2012 wasn't bad either. I don' recall why he missed 2 games (injury?), and then lack of a post-season (which would have been 2 games - the B1G championship, and then some bowl) robbed him of what would have certainly been a 1,000 yard season.

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Chris Lauderback's picture

My memory is failing me in my old age. Thanks, Faux!

Blue Eyed Buckeye's picture

I'm very excited about Weber's 2nd year as starter. We've been so lucky at Ohio State that now a mere 1,000 yard rushing season felt like underperformance instead of the awesome achievement it was. And Weber should be an even better runner this year!

Imagine if he actually had a downfield passing game to compliment him too...

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85ThruTheHeart's picture

Funny that it seems like just the other day I was reading articles about whether or not Meyer's system could ever produce a 1k yard back. 

"He has that look in his eye when it's time to start feeding the beast" UFM on EZE

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

Weber is a gifted rusher.  Had we not been so spoiled the previous two years by Zeke, we'd probably look at Weber in the same light we looked at Zeke in.  From everything we've seen he's taking care of the weightroom business as well.  No reason to think he won't be a top 2-3 back in the B1G Ten.

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

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Hovenaut's picture

There's a ton of people talking Saquon Barkley right now.

I have a feeling there's going to be similar attention on Mike Weber as the season unfolds.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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ApexBuckeye's picture

I would much prefer the talk unfolds as the season goes instead of pre-season hype.  If the talk unfolds during the year it means Weber is doing it on the field and not just in the media hype.

You win with people - W.W. Hayes

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Hovenaut's picture

That sounds preferable, agree.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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GlassCityBuckeyes's picture

Insane how good zekes numbers are considering the defense ranked 19 in 2014 and 9 in 2015 in yards per game. Hard to put up big numbers playing on a short field

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

Ohio State is a tough place to be RB where good (1000 yd season) is just okay.  The bar was set high by Hyde and raised immensely by Zeke.  I agree with the sentiment above that Weber will have a huge year this season.  While he won't be causing anyone to forget Elliott, he will certainly be establishing himself among Ohio State's all time great RBs.

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analyticalguy's picture

I think the bar at Ohio State was set high long before. 

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GallowayGambleGinnWAR7's picture

I was gunna say Byars but it's more like Harley 

I don’t see it.

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GIBS_STI's picture

Kevin Wilson mentioned a two back rotation. I wonder how that will affect his numbers. Tape them shoe laces mike! 

Fortune favors the bold.

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buckeye-bengal's picture

I think people forget the fronts Weber faced last year. No one respected OSU passing game at all.  Weber was going against an 8 or 9 man front all the time. Everyone walked their safeties up not fearing the downfield throwing.  Hopefully, JT will get the ball out quickly with catchable passes early in the season.  That is the only way to make defenses back off which will open up the running lanes for Weber that Zeke had.  JT will have to earn that for Weber though because football is a copycat sport and with Clemson verbally challenging JT and then succeeding, other teams will copy.  Yes, I know not all teams will have the athletes Clemson did, but it doesn't mean they won't try.  The downfield passing game needs to appear if Weber is going to have room to run wild.

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ScottsdaleBuckeye's picture

This is dead on.  I'm fairly confident that the downfield passing issue will be resolved this year.  A lot of talent and a much stronger O' line to protect JT.

Transplanted Buckeye to the desert.

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Cooper's picture

I'll be honest, I don't see him as a 3 down running back that can rush for 1,500 yards plus. It's okay that he's not the same back as Hyde and Elliott because there are capable backup options that can spot him. I would like to see Dobbins and McCall step up as guys who will earn 6-8 carries a game. Still, Weber is a good power back who is capable of 1,200 yards this season.

This is definitely where I parked my car.

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Triv's picture

Just curious... but what's your rationale on that? He rushed for 1100 yards while giving up carries to JT and Samuel. If he stays healthy all season I would say 1200 is his floor, not his ceiling.

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

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Cooper's picture

I think carries will be divvied up between Weber, Dobbins, McCall, Barrett and Campbell this year. Further, I don't think Mike is the physical freak that Zeke and Hyde were. They were both about 6 foot, 230 pounds and had the ability to play every down (more so Zeke than Hyde). Weber is around 5'9" and 210 pounds. I just don't think he's physically capable of having the same intensity of a workload that El Guapo and Zeke were able to provide, which will lead to other players getting carries to shake up the offense. That doesn't mean I don't think he will produce, however. I still see his YPC hovering around six.

This is definitely where I parked my car.

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BuckminsterFullback's picture

Weber is around 5'9" and 210 pounds. 

Maurice Jones-Drew is listed as 5'8" and 205. From 2009-2011, he had 954 carries for over 4,300 yards, and 130 receptions for over 1,000 yards, in the NFL. There are several 3-down backs in the NFL in the 5'8"-5'10", 210-220 range. So, it's possible for a smaller guy to be durable, but...

I just don't think he's physically capable of having the same intensity of a workload that El Guapo and Zeke were able to provide,

Last year he was dealing with a bad shoulder, and this spring he's got a tetchy hammy. Both of those injuries can be the sort that kind of linger. If Dobbins lives up to expectations, it might be better for everyone if Weber gets about 15-18 carries / game, rather than 20-25.

If history is a guide, though, the backups won't get many carries, at least not when the outcome is in question, unless they prove they can pick up the blitz when needed.

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

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Blackcoffee's picture

imported from Deetroit , and perhaps someone will ask again if I am being sarcastic or not, but aside from Jamarco Jones and Weber, seems like everything is a question mark

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Steelydan54's picture

So I'm just going to say it. Mike Weber will not be a "great" Buckeye running back. I do expect him to be a "good to very good" RB though. I would add that 'Los was a "very good to borderline great" RB, just for perspective. Why?  Mike needs to either be faster or more powerful to become dominant. It might happen, but speed is rarely taught and power tends to reduce speed if it's not already there in abundance. Mikes running style with feet low to ground will be tough to change and will (as last year) keep him one trip short of the end zone on those potential breakaways. I'm not holding the second half of last season against him as that was a systemic issue, but he wasn't dynamic enough to carry the team on his shoulders like Carlos, Zeke and a few others have in the past. 

On the "very good" side of the ledger, Mike has a good blend of skills with no glaring weaknesses and will fit in well as a cog in this very potent offensive juggernaut. He should break 1K again, even is he shares reps with "Dobbie", (who has more breakaway potential and we'll have to see about the every down punisher ability).  I look forward to being proven wrong and Mike being a Heisman candidate. 

Steelybuck54

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buckeye-bengal's picture

Steely, remember the speed you are criticizing, either says the entire team is slow or he is a lot faster than we realize.  He had the second best time of the entire team this year.  I agree with needing to learn to avoid being tripped up, but overall, he was  a freshman and I only expect him to improve. Most players vastly improve from freshman to sophomore years.

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slicksickle's picture

If I remember correctly, this was one of the things Weber wanted to put a lot of time and effort into over the off season. I believe he called it Leaving yardage on the field, or something very similar.

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GlassCityBuckeyes's picture

Couldn't agree more, yards after contact are what separated los and Zeke from web.

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cdub4's picture

FWIW Meyer said recently Weber has stepped up and gone from good to potentially great. He also said Weber has lost some weight, about 7-8 pounds and is a lot more mature. I expect to see improvement this year. I think the lost weight and improved work ethic will have on field benefits.

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Icouldnotgofor3's picture

"The redshirt sophomore received only five carries against Clemson in the disastrous College Football Playoff semifinal (5 att, 24 yds) on the heels of 11 carries for 26 yards against Michigan."

Saban on a cart eating cold pizza

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Blackcoffee's picture

yes, the climax of the peter principle that began when Tim Beck and Ed Warriner were given the keys to the porsche

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mugbucket's picture

I think I just heard Sterling Archer yell "Phrasing!"...

Despite the high cost of living, it still remains popular.

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Dillon G's picture

Balance between run and pass is what makes the offense. Weber racking up 1400 yards would be fantastic. It will make it easier for those young receivers.

#walkaway

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Crumb's picture

He's not gonna be Hyde or Zeke, but he can be Mike, and leave his on unique mark at tailback that can add to the legacy and keep the chain of great tailbacks under Urban going. If he does as good in the last game of the regular season as Hyde did in '13 and Zeke did in '15, I'll be happy.

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BuckminsterFullback's picture

That'll move the chains.

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

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NOBLUE's picture

if OL great = Weber great

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bonebuck's picture

I think Web gets 1400 yds. easily. I say easily because that will be a minimum of 14 games. The OL is going to be much improved with a year experience. The SLOBS will be very good in opening holes for Web. Hopefully he holds onto the pigskin better this year. I think he had 6 fumbles last year but not all were lost.

Looking forward to watching this man mature. Someone mentioned he may not see as many touches-I think his touches double. 

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