The Ohio State Buckeyes are without question one of the favorites to win another championship this season, and they are without question stacked long-term. Ezekiel Elliott is the running back of the present, while freshman running back Mike Weber was working his way up the depth chart before stumbling into a major issue. According to a report, Weber has suffered a torn meniscus and will miss three to four weeks of action.
Weber was a four-star recruiting coming out of high school, and was highly pursued by almost every big program in the country. Ohio State could offer him more than the other schools could, and it helped that they were close to his home of Detroit, Michigan.
Looking ahead at the 2015 season, there was a good chance that Weber could have worked his way into a role on-the-field as a freshman. Elliott is going to need a primary backup, and the Buckeyes have a lot of talent at the position. While that is a fact, Weber is much better than most freshman running backs and was already showing legitimate star potential.
At 5-foot-10 and 210 pounds, Weber is without question capable of becoming an every down back for the Buckeyes in the future.
Obviously this is a disappointing piece of news for his chances of playing a big role early on during his freshman year. He still has plenty to learn moving forward, but missing out on practice time is going to hurt him. Thankfully the injury wasn’t more serious and he should be back some point early on during the season if not before the regular season actually begins.
Expect to see him attack his rehab process, and to make his comeback much stronger than some other players would.
He certainly has the drive and passion to be something special, and he is with the right coaching staff to make that hope a reality.
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