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Ohio State’s Mike Weber named Big Ten Freshman of the Week

He just surpassed 1,000 yards on the season and helped beat Sparty in the process.

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Ohio State’s 17-16 win over Michigan State wasn’t pretty. It won’t go down in history as one of the most treasured victories for the Buckeyes. But it was a win, setting up a mammoth struggle against Michigan this weekend that could potentially decide a playoff birth.

And they couldn’t have done it without Mike Weber. And today, he’s getting recognized for it.

The Big Ten named Mike Weber their Freshman of the week, after rushing for 111 yards and a touchdown against the Spartans. Weber’s four yard touchdown plunge in the third quarter set up the deciding score.

Perhaps overshadowed a bit by Curtis Samuel and other Ohio State playmakers, Weber has quietly had not just an excellent season, but one of the best seasons by an Ohio State freshman running back. He is only the third Buckeye back to rush for 1,000 yards, joining Maurice Clarett and Robert Smith. Weber needs only 81 yards rushing to pass Smith for the second most prolific season by a Buckeye freshman ever.

That’s pretty good company.

Congrats to Weber, on an excellent game, and season, so far.