Ohio State has always produced the best of the best at running back. Players like Ezekiel Elliott, Carlos Hyde, Chris “Beanie” Wells and Keith Byars are some that instantly come to mind. You cannot forget Heisman winners Eddie George, Howard “Hopalong” Cassady, and the only two time Heisman winner, Archie Griffin.
Let’s take a look at the potential running back depth chart in 2018 that could live up to these legends.
J.K. Dobbins, Sophomore
J.K. Dobbins is most likely to be running back No. 1 on the depth chart. With a breakout freshman campaign in 2017, Dobbins rushed for 1,404 yards on 194 attempts, averaging an outstanding 7.2 yards a carry. Dobbins also added seven touchdowns. Look for Dobbins’ sophomore season to be more of the same. Dobbins is a preseason First Team All-Big Ten nominee, a Doak Walker preseason finalist, and on the Heisman watch.
Mike Weber Jr., Junior
Mike Weber also had a great freshman season, though his came in 2016. A nagging hamstring injury sat him out early in 2017. Weber’s injury allowed Dobbins to get off to a hot start. However, when Mike got healthy, he rushed for 626 yards and added 10 touchdowns. With Weber and Dobbins in the backfield together, 2018 will be exciting season and the two could be the best duo of running backs in all of college football.
Master Teague III, Freshman
Master Teague III, who has perhaps the best name in college football, could be the guy fighting for the third spot on the depth chart after an outstanding spring. Teague made his mark in the spring game with 73 yards on the ground and a touchdown. The future looks bright for Teague as he grows with the team.
Brian Snead, Freshman
Brian Snead did not enroll early but he was very highly recruited out of Armwood High School in the state of Florida. Snead rushed for 1,378 yards and 16 touchdowns in 15 games, leading his team to the class 6A state finals. Snead rushed for 3,506 yards and 48 touchdowns in his high school career. With stats like that, Snead will fit right in with the Buckeyes.
At the end of the day
The running back position is one of the biggest strengths to this Ohio State football team. This group of running backs is talented and deadly to opposing teams of the Buckeyes. The 2018 season is getting close, look for a dominant season from this core of young backs.