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Coaches Don’t Want Buckeye Fans to Forget About Mike Weber

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Name an offense that can lose its top playmaker and not look worse off because of it.

Ohio State has yet to play this season with a healthy Mike Weber, and just because J.K. Dobbins is No. 11 nationally in rushing doesn’t mean the Buckeyes aren’t missing what Weber could have provided.

Through winter conditioning, spring camp, and fall camp, OSU’s coaches spoke of a different Mike Weber. A new Mike Weber, and a much better Mike Weber.

Due to a hamstring injury, however, Weber barely took part in fall camp and has only carried the ball seven times this season.

After rushing for over 1,000 yards last season as a redshirt freshman, Weber has been overshadowed by the emergence of the freshman Dobbins. Dobbins has rushed for at least 170 yards in two of the Buckeyes’ three games this season, so Weber isn’t exactly standing alone in the rookie’s shadow.

Ohio State doesn’t want to just rely on a freshman to carry the load on the ground, however. Especially not when they have a proven talent in Weber waiting to show off his new wheels.

Some people may be forgetting about Weber, but his coaches sure haven’t.

“It’s not that Mike is a lost soul around here,” said Urban Meyer. “He’s one of the few freshmen, I want to say three freshmen to ever rush for a thousand yards. He’s very critical for us as we continue to move forward in conference play coming up in a few weeks. So we’re going to need him at full strength. He’s still not at full strength. We have to make sure we get him full strength.”

A hamstring injury can linger for weeks upon weeks, and the Buckeyes are seeing that with Weber. The frustrating part for Meyer is that he has seen so much growth with Weber on and off the field that he wants to see that hard work rewarded.

And that wasn’t always the case.

“I can tell you Mike Weber, two years ago, how do I say this politically correct: It was a hard time for me to walk across the street for him,” Meyer said. “That’s not too rough, is it? And his growth in one year, and then by the time this spring and this summer, he was one of our hardest working guys on the team.”

As a team leader, Weber has contributed to the Ohio State running backs being able to play so well this season, and when he finally gets back to 100%, Meyer wants to pay him back for all of his contributions.

“His commitment to our program is incredible right now,” Meyer said. “So he’ll be rewarded once he gets back full speed.”

What does that mean for Weber? Will he simply be inserted back into the starting lineup?

“I haven’t thought about it,” offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said. “He’s going to be rewarded because I trust the winter he had, the summer he had going, the spring, he’s missed a little bit of time. It might take him a little bit of time to get his practice volume and game volume up. He was awesome before his injury. We’re going to try to work hard this week to keep bringing him along and hopefully get him in the mix soon.”

15 Responses

  1. I’ve got your back Mike! I want to see you back and getting the majority of carries but that AIN’T going to happen. You’ve been tossed aside!

  2. Yes, and also from the article is the evasive word “reward” from both Meyer and Wilson, not a more definitive comment, which is the more important point and my original point. Inquiring whether the coaches are looking forward to a completely healthy Weber is akin to asking, “Is water wet?” Yes, water is, in fact, wet. If those are the kinds of softballs you are going to toss up, and then not even press for clarification, you may as well let the coaches write their own questions for these interviews. This is my final comment on this article, nothing much left to see here.

    1. I didn’t ask anybody if they were looking forward to having Weber back. I’m not sure where you got that.

  3. Then you eliminated relevant information in your article. Again, its hardly relevant, as the same cock and bull answer would likely have been given regardless. Catching attitude with me seems less than productive though.

    1. 🙂

      From the article…

      What does that mean for Weber? Will he simply be inserted back into the starting lineup?

      “I haven’t thought about it,” offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said. “He’s going to be rewarded because I trust the winter he had, the summer he had going, the spring, he’s missed a little bit of time. It might take him a little bit of time to get his practice volume and game volume up. He was awesome before his injury. We’re going to try to work hard this week to keep bringing him along and hopefully get him in the mix soon.”

  4. I’ve posted this before and I’ll post it again – 1,000 yards for a season doesn’t mean what it used to when the season was 10 games. Now postseason counts and as many as 15 games are played. An extra half a season for 1 team and at worst an extra 2 – 3 for everyone else.
    I’ve said this before and again: I like Mike Weber the kid. As a running back until he shows different I’m skeptical because he’s never shown the vision or burst before and I’m not sure how much one can develop those qualities in a back. Hard worker? You bet! But one that still got tripped by shoelace tackles a year ago.

    1. Extra half season for two teams before anyone else catches my mistake.

      1. 1000 yds definitely does not mean as much any longer but 6yds per ALWAYS does!!!

        1. I get your point, Jim, but ypc is always contextual. You can have a ton of yards but zero points. Generally a high yards per carry means the offense is moving the ball well, but that’s not always the case either. I think explosive plays (10+ yards or better) is a better measurement for a back.

  5. Wrong, Tony. Even the coaches tiptoed around the phrase “starting lineup”, instead opting for the mysterious term “reward”. Does he get an extra pudding after supper, or maybe an extra hour past normal curfew? In any case its semantics, the real issue is the obviously false comment that an OC “hasn’t thought about” Weber’s return. Of course he has! Why not just discuss it when directly asked? Weird.

    1. I asked the question, so I know what the question was. Also, he has already returned. He’s just not 100%.

  6. If the OC “hasn’t thought about” the prospect of the team’s LEADING RUSHER returning to the field, there should be a whole host of questions that follow such an inane comment. Loyal fans deserve more than dismissive coach speak, sheesh. Now on to real feeling- it will be great to see Mike Weber back at full strength!

    1. Not returning to the field, returning to the starting lineup.

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