On Sunday night, Ohio State Buckeyes running back Mike Weber announced what many had expected, that he will be moving on to the NFL next season. The Detroit native confirmed that he will forgo his fourth year of collegiate eligibility to enter the NFL Draft, but not until he dons the scarlet and gray one last time in the 2019 Rose Bowl.
Following a freshman campaign in 2016 that earned him the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year award, Weber has battled injuries and split time with J.K. Dobbins over the past two seasons. However, in his three seasons in Columbus, Weber has accounted for 2,580 yards and 24 touchdowns on the ground, while adding 289 yards and another score through the air.
Due to the physical nature of the running back position, and Weber’s injury history, many analysts thought that he could leave OSU following the 2017 campaign, but he returned for another go-around with the Buckeyes this fall. While it is early in the process, Weber is considered one of the top running backs in the class and his physical style projects to be in the first three rounds, depending on his combine and pro day performance.
In addition to Dobbins, the Buckeye backfield will have a number of talented backs to replace Weber,including Demario McCall, Brian Snead, Master Teague, and others.
We wish Mike the best, and can’t wait to see him run over dudes in the NFL!