Elliott and Hyde just played ball better than most of the running backs to precede them at Ohio State. That’s saying something at a place with such history at the position, but the numbers back it up.
Weber (5-10, 212) doesn’t cut the same profile as Elliott (6-0, 225) or Hyde (6-0, 235), but then he also probably won’t carry as much weight on his shoulders as those two did the previous four seasons thanks to the presence of distributor extraordinaire J.T. Barrett at quarterback.
Despite the size difference, his teammates have compared Weber’s running style to the brutish Hyde.If he can provide an inside running presence, Ohio State should have the outside complements in running back/slot receivers Curtis Samuel and Dontre Wilson to have another dangerous running game.
Being himself was how Weber got head coach Urban Meyer to notice him last preseason. Meyer loves nothing more than seeing a talented player leave it all on the field.
A preseason injury ultimately led to Weber taking a redshirt to save a year of eligibility, but he feels ready to step in now.
“Last year I was kind of running around with my head cut off. I didn’t know too much,” Weber said. “I just knew to get the ball and run. I was running pretty well fall camp last year before I got hurt. Now this year I know what’s going on, know the plays well, know my approach, know how to handle things differently, and it should be a fun year.”