One of the most surprising developments of the last few years at Ohio State was that of Mike Weber. Weber, a three year contributor in Columbus that started as a redshirt freshman back in 2016, was considered more of a power back when he arrived on campus. That tracked in 2016, as he racked up yards consistently but struggled with breaking away from the defense.
In his final two years however, Weber flipped a switch, and seemingly shifted away from the power back denotation and became Ohio State’s de facto home run hitter with J.K. Dobbins filling the workhorse role. That switch seemed to help Weber quite a bit in the long term. He was never big enough to play like a power back at the next level, but with more speed, he could be a long term starter in the NFL. Today at the combine, Weber showed off just how much speed he has.
Official RB 40 times posted. Justice Hill at 4.40 is the fastest. Mike Weber official 4.47 (same as Zeke Elliott). Darrell Henderson was 4.49. 8 RBs ran better than 4.5. Not pictured here: Snell 4.66, Mattison 4.67, Brossette 4.72, Holyfield 4.78 pic.twitter.com/Hr4KW0fE64— Justin (@afc2nfc) March 1, 2019
4.47 is an excellent number for Weber at his size, and he paired it with 22 reps at 225 pounds on the bench. With those impressive showings, Weber could be on his way to a higher draft spot in a few weeks, and in turn, a much larger bag of cash.
Weber wasn’t the only Buckeye to impress today though, as Isaiah Prince put up excellent numbers for his size, and could shoot up boards not as a tackle, but as a guard, as some have been chirping about.
Isaiah Prince, Ohio State, posted a very good #RAS at the #2019NFLCombine with excellent size and speed, with split explosiveness. His agi drills really dragged his score down.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) March 1, 2019
*Splits Projected* pic.twitter.com/lEwDleZG56
Lastly, Michael Jordan showed off his versatility, especially in the jumping drills, where he put up numbers good enough for third and fifth among all offensive linemen in the broad jump and vertical jump respectively. He was less impressive in the 40 and bench, but still had a good day overall.
23 reps of 225 pounds for Isaiah Prince in the bench press. Fellow Ohio State offensive lineman Michael Jordan had 19.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) February 28, 2019
More on Wesson, what it could mean for Buckeyes against Purdue
The big news of the day was, unfortunately, the announcement from Ohio State that star center Kaleb Wesson was suspended indefinitely for “violation of Ohio State athletics policy”. While no timetable has been made available, he will be returning before the end of the season.
During his media session today, Chris Holtmann added a few notes on the suspension.
More Holtmann on Wesson: "There are some expectations that have to be met." Wesson will be with the team "every step of the way," he said. Said he could lengthen suspension if he chooses but will work in cooperation with athletic department. #buckeyes— Adam Jardy (@AdamJardy) March 1, 2019
Anytime you lose a player of Kaleb’s caliber, it’s obviously bad news, However, this may be made even worse by the fact that Ohio State is playing perhaps the most interior-oriented team in the Big Ten this weekend as they travel to take on Purdue. While Ohio State has had success going small against Purdue in the past, it’s hard to see the Buckeyes finding enough on offense to keep up with the Boilermakers without Wesson’s presence on the inside.
Women’s basketball team still rolling
Last week, I mentioned in this column that Ohio State’s women’s basketball team was very quietly rolling late after a slow start. Well, that success has continued for yet another week. On the back of another excellent showing from Carmen Grande (17 points), and a double-double from Dorka Juhasz, the Buckeyes dropped Wisconsin in Madison yesterday, 61-50.
With this win, Ohio State is still in position to possibly secure a double bye in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament if they can beat Rutgers on Sunday, per Ohio State Buckyes dot com. Because the Buckeyes currently sit at fifth behind Michigan (also 10-7 in the Big Ten), and because Michigan holds the tiebreaker over the Buckeyes, Ohio State needs to beat Rutgers and have Michigan lose to Wisconsin to secure that double bye.
Regardless, the Buckeyes are playing at an extremely high level right now, and if you’re looking for something to do this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET, they could certainly use your support in the massive Senior Day matchup at Value City Arena.