Comparing Ohio State's 2018 Running Back Roster To Urban Meyer's Previous Buckeyes Teams

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Buckabroad's picture

Good Lord, those are some awesome RBs we have had over Coach Meyer's tenure.

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

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analyticalguy's picture

'bout time we started getting some running back talent. /s

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MountainsAwait's picture

It’s interesting when you look at the star ratings compared to other position groups:

  • Almost all of the backs are 4 stars, no 5 stars at all, only a few 3s.
  • Unlike other position groups (namely CB where lesser-known 3 stars end up getting drafted in the NFL’s 1st round), Urban has consistently brought in 4 stars who have performed more closely with their originally projected potential. Not a bunch of under or overachievers.  Just solid play.  (Except Zeke, who obviously overachieved and Dobbins and Weber are so far)

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stpetebuck's picture

If you’re running behind Braxton Miller or JT it’s hard to get touches much less numbers. So playing at your star ranking is  pretty challenging  

Zeke officially blew up when a passing qb stepped in for the miraculous 3 games. So it’s easily  possible that dobbs and Weber each have 1200-1400 yard seasons behind Haskins. Either way, I’m Psyched!!!

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MountainsAwait's picture

 Very good point, I hadn’t considered that. 

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Hovenaut's picture

Stable is full, and with a talented mix of experience and talent.

Eager to see these horses run.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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ANOTHERMICHIGANLOSS's picture

Coming into this year looking at the stars attached to the RB's, it looks like just another solid year of depth at RB.  Obviously as the article mentioned this year is different due to the already proven ability of two starting RB's at just about any program in the country coming back in for a dual headed monster.  It makes me think a little bit.  I never want to see an injury...never.  Even on the opponents side of the ball. 

But let's think about what the Weber injury last year did for this years team.  If Weber comes in healthy last year, we have a Hyde/Elliott type of year last year.  Weber gets most of the snaps, Dobbins comes in to spell him and play when the game is in hand.  He has a decent year, we are excited.  Instead Dobbins was thrust into action immediately and absolutely set the world on fire.  The best part of it all?  Weber comes off of his injury and instead of putting his head down and disappearing, comes back and says hey fellas I'm not done yet.  Both go on to a great year and now we have a RB situation that even the top teams in college football outside of OSU are jealous of.

Let's just hope Weber remains healthy and is able to do what he came back for.  He came back to put himself in first/second round consideration and try to help take this team to the playoff.  While Dobbins is an amazing story coming in as a freshman and doing what he did, I can't help but appreciate what Weber has done throughout his career.  Surprise commitment coming out of Michigan, came in and transformed himself from a pudgy guy into a monster, and worked his butt off to have the coaches saying Bri'onte who?  I think people forget that it was Dunn that was probably going to be the starter over Weber before his dismissal.

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Extramedium's picture

Weber was really impressive last season, I was surprised he didn't get more carries.  When he got a little daylight he was gone.

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stpetebuck's picture

You’re right. By the end of the season he looked the fastest of his carreer with superior breakaway speed. 

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melbournebuckeye30's picture

I remember before Carlos Hyde, other coaches were bashing Urban for never having a 1000 yard running back. Here's to having 2 in one season this year. Go get it this year JK & Mike.

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terryin20878's picture

I believe Meyer's response to such criticism was, "haven't needed to".  He's had 1k yard rushers, but they've been QBs.  No, I'm not complaining that the mark has been exceeded every year since.

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65 Toss Power Trap's picture

Master Teague....will be one of the best we have had in 10 years.

Saw his HS film one time and couldn't understand why he wasn't the #1 recruit in the Nation (at any position).

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

I'll say that if I have to choose one RB of the Urban Meyer era to have on the roster, I'm taking Zeke... however, this stable we have this year is probably the most talented on paper that we've ever had, and really Dobbins and Weber kind of solidify that, if anyone behind them is just decent this year then I say that puts it over the top.

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

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Certainly a view that will garner opposing takes, but I would say Zeke is the best in Buckeye history... and I think the distance is pretty wide despite the rich tradition of RBs.

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Extramedium's picture

It's only too bad that Zeke didn't get to be ZEKE until the end of the national championship season when Cardale came in and more was expected of him.  I remember a few "top ten RB" lists throughout the season on various sites that didn't even mention him. Even Emmit Smith was clowning him before the Sugar Bowl with that "two great running backs in the game, both play for Alabama" tweet.  

If he'd been used to his full potential there would be far fewer arguments to your take.

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65 Toss Power Trap's picture

And Weber...has he underperformed his hype coming out of HS?

Just asking?

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ANOTHERMICHIGANLOSS's picture

If putting up 1700 yards and averaging over 6 YPC in his first 2 years is under-performing, give me 3 more like him.  

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65 Toss Power Trap's picture

Can't always look at the stats.

I could argue that 1700 yards and 6 yrs per carry ....should be the bare minimum. 

Big holes he runs through.......big, big holes.

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ANOTHERMICHIGANLOSS's picture

For half of that time he was coming off an injury and splitting carries with another guy who ran for 1364 yards.  Can't always look at one persons production when there are 2 getting the ball handed to them either.  2000 yards of production from your running backs all the while the QB piled up over 700 yards rushing on top of it.  Unrealistic expectations lead to slanted views on production.  You are hyping up Master Teague, let's see if he even approaches those numbers in his first two years that he plays.  I hope he does, but you are basing your observations off of high school tape which doesn't always work out.

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65 Toss Power Trap's picture

I'll accept that reasoning.

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ANOTHERMICHIGANLOSS's picture

Haha, not saying Weber is Zeke 2.0, but he has held up his end of the bargain (in my opinion).  He has done it while dealing with some adversity as well, most kids that age would have folded and become invisible after watching the super freshman step in and do what Dobbins did while he was hurt.  I'm excited for Teague, but also know that jump from high school to college is a big jump.  I have the experience, I was blown away by the amount of alcohol you must consume in college to keep up coming out of high school.  I stepped up my game through much conditioning.

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Ohio Guy in Jersey's picture

I don’t think you could reasonably argue that.

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Extramedium's picture

It's true you can't always look at the stats.  Despite fewer carries and fewer yards, he improved immensely from year one to year two when he got back on the field.  If Dobbins progresses on the same trajectory, it's going to be ugly.

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65 Toss Power Trap's picture

Master Teague...!

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Seattle Linga's picture

These next few years will be crazy but short term comment - can't wait to watch them run strong next year with MT and the Dobbins train,

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

There aren't enough touches in the game for all these guys to get the action their talent deserves. What a great problem to have!

Pray for potatoes with a hoe in your hand.

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redwoodz's picture

with Zeke and Dobbins with such high profiles as long as Urban's coaches the gravy train will continue for the forseeable future.

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Steelydan54's picture

Excited to see Weber have a full healthy year after getting into Buckeye shape. Noticeably faster and harder to bring down. 

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Extramedium's picture

Yeah he has an extra gear now.  No longer being caught from behind at all.  

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redwoodz's picture

yep after a few years in the program it makes a huge difference.

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minnbuck's picture

What's so amazing about RB recruiting is that as excited as I am to see Dobbins and Weber this year, I also can't wait to see what Teague and Snead can do. There's no end in sight.

Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

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stpetebuck's picture

As always the o line and coach stud will be 50% responsible for the ridiculous ypc averages we’ve seen lately 

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Trebor40's picture

I can only hope our line proves up to the task, we have RB that must be accounted for and rarely have defenses been forced to attack our running game WITHOUT also netting the QB. This season they must deal with us running and the play action will be AWAY from the runner! It is a very different type of eye discipline! Haskins can also attack the outside and flats forcing the type of one on one match ups we often look upon with other teams! 

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65 Toss Power Trap's picture

Lots of sports TV shows and websites are doing their rundown of best RB combo's in college football. 

We've got not just 2 but 4, that by mid-year may just be one of the best quartet's in college football in many years.

I understand I'm projecting a bit, but with the rookies coming in and playing just to their potential, I feel comfortable with my prediction.

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