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Ohio State Football 2018 Freshman Report: RB Master Teague

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[This is the third in a series where The-Ozone looks back on each member of the 2018 signing class and the impact they had this past season, as well as the impact they could have this coming season.]

Master Teague came to Ohio State from Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He was the No. 228 player in the class and the No. 11 running back in the nation. Teague earned an offer from Ohio State following a performance at camp in June of 2017 and committed two days later. He also held offers from Georgia, Clemson, Auburn, Notre Dame, and Austin Peay.

2018 Season

Teague enrolled early, so he was able to participate in winter workouts and spring football. He led all rushers in the spring game with 14 attempts for 73 yards.

That would end up being the most action he would see in Ohio Stadium in 2018.

Teague played in seven games, rushing for 106 yards on 17 attempts with one touchdown. The bulk of his production came in the first two games, where he rushed for 56 yards in the season opener and then 25 yards in week two against Rutgers. He also rushed for 25 yards against Tulane.

It was no coincidence that Ohio State’s three weakest opponents were also the three games where Teague carried the ball. He also found some action on special teams, seeing the field in three of the last four games for the Buckeyes, including both postseason games.

So Now What?

With Mike Weber off to the NFL, there are plenty of carries available. With Brian Snead no longer on the team either, things have set up quite well for Master Teague to be JK Dobbins’ backup this season.

Even though Teague didn’t carry the ball much in 2018, head coach Ryan Day liked the growth he made during the season.

“He’s gotten stronger,” he said. “He’s gotten stronger and he’s a powerful back. He needs to get more reps, the more reps he gets, the more aware in protection and understanding who he has to block and some of the blitz patterns. But he’s a downhill back that if you can get him to the second level, he’s a home run hitter.”

Dobbins is looking forward to more carries in 2019 and he has shown himself to be more effective with more carries. If Teague wants as many carries as Weber had on average the last two seasons (~135), then he will have to earn them in practice. He will need to show running backs coach Tony Alford that he can handle the workload.

There may be some carries absorbed by the starting quarterback, but Dobbins should be around the same 230 carries he had this past season. His carries may even go down because they should be getting larger chunks of yards with the carries he gets.

If Teague ends up winning the backup job, he could expect around 100 carries, which would likely put him around 600 yards rushing this coming season.

9 Responses

  1. JK does what he does because if his size. He’s never going to be a similiar runner like Zeke, Hyde, Weber, etc. He’s not built that way. Master is similar physically as these past bruisers. I always thought that JK should have been a receiver or halfback looking to catch the ball. Once he gets behind the line of scrimmage he’s had to get a hold of.

  2. As far as I’m concerned, Dobbins is boring and overrated. I’m all for someone a bit more dynamic at the running back position.

  3. JK is an exceptional tailback, but the truth is that he was completely outperformed by Mike Weber this season. JK’s 4.6 ypc average is HORRIBLE for an Ohio State tailback.

    Had Weber received the same amount of carries he’d have tallied just under 1300 yards based on his average ypc. JK had a long run of 42 yards. Webers longest run was 49.

    JK just dances side to side too much. He needs to plant his foot and go because he simply doesn’t have the elusiveness and instant burst that Elliott or McCall, and CERTAINLY doesn’t possess the power of Mike or Master. If there’s a position on the offense where the previous year starter should be worried, it’s at tailback. Master OR McCall could very well take that spot and never look back.

    Of course 2018 was a horrible year for the Ohio State offensive line. It just seems to get worse and worse every year. The reasons for that can be argued, but the results, having what we know are 2 very good tailbacks on the roster tells me that the cook on the offensive line should stay away from the kitchen. Recruits aren’t blind and can see that there’s no cohesive team play, even though 1 or 2 of the linemen get participation trophies from some clown who probably hasn’t even seen a single full game they’ve played.

    Yeah, Master can catch, and he can block.
    http://www.prepforce.com/video/8884/2018-rb-master-teague-iii-2017-mid-season-highlight-remix?utm_source=Player&utm_medium=Video&utm_campaign=Master+Teague&utm_content=Link

  4. The Master runner should make a huge impact this season. This man is a beast of a runner….question is, can he block, pass protect for the QB or take a swing pass? He seems to have all the skill and power to become another great running back for the Buckeyes.

  5. Master Teague is a GREAT young man, and a terrific football player. He is a punisher who defenders had better lock up or he’ll run them over and outrun most fleet footed secondary players to the endzone. I’d expect him to be right at 225 for 2019 with an outstanding low center of gravity. He doesn’t quite possess the blazing speed of Jonathon Taylor at Wisconsin, but he is very similar in ability to him.The Buckeyes have a great stable of backs who all bring something different to the table.

  6. There should be a lot of opportunities at RB this year. There is no standout star at the RB position, so all on the roster should get a chance to earn Carries. While I agree Dobbins should be a top the pecking order going into Spring, he needs to be pushed. If he was able to supplant Weber, it can happen to him.

    1. JK is an exceptional tailback, but the truth is that he was completely outperformed by Mike Weber this season. JK’s 4.6 ypc average is HORRIBLE for an Ohio State tailback.

      Had Weber received the same amount of carries he’d have tallied just under 1300 yards based on his average ypc. JK had a long run of 42 yards. Webers longest run was 49.

      JK just dances side to side too much. He needs to plant his foot and go because he simply doesn’t have the elusiveness and instant burst that Elliott or McCall, and CERTAINLY doesn’t possess the power of Mike or Master. If there’s a position on the offense where the previous year starter should be worried, it’s at tailback. Master OR McCall could very well take that spot and never look back.

      Of course 2018 was a horrible year for the Ohio State offensive line. It just seems to get worse and worse every year. The reasons for that can be argued, but the results, having what we know are 2 very good tailbacks on the roster tells me that the cook on the offensive line should stay away from the kitchen. Recruits aren’t blind and can see that there’s no cohesive team play, even though 1 or 2 of the linemen get participation trophies from some clown who probably hasn’t even seen a single full game they’ve played.

      Yeah, Master can catch, and he can block.
      http://www.prepforce.com/video/8884/2018-rb-master-teague-iii-2017-mid-season-highlight-remix?utm_source=Player&utm_medium=Video&utm_campaign=Master+Teague&utm_content=Link

      1. James Mills, everything you just said was wrong. Looking forward to your posts this time next year talking about how JK Dobbins was a special talent and will be irreplaceable next year when he goes pro. Lmmfao reading your post tho. Kept me warm.

    2. Go to Prep Force and you can view some of his highlights. Master can run, catch and block.

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