Ohio State running back Mike Weber is coming back to the Buckeyes for “one more year.” Weber, who was a redshirt sophomore in 2017, made the announcement Saturday night on his Twitter page.
Mike Weber returning to Ohio State in 2018
One more year.
— Mike Weber (@mikeweberjr) January 7, 2018
Weber was an honorable mention selection to the All-Big Ten team after a season when he ran for 626 yards and 10 touchdowns on 101 carries. He paired with freshman running back J.K. Dobbins to form a dominant backfield, and the Buckeyes led the Big Ten with 243.2 rushing yards per game.
Weber took a few weeks to find a rhythm after sustaining a torn hamstring in late July. It kept him out of the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31, and he didn’t receive double-digit carries until Ohio State’s 56-0 win over Rutgers on Sept. 30.
Back in the lineup, he strung together back-to-back 100-yard rushing games in mid-November, including when he rushed for 162 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 9 carries in a 48-3 win over Michigan State on Nov. 11.
Weber’s on-again, off-again presence and production fell short of his efforts in 2016, when he won Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors. As a redshirt freshman, he rushed for 1,096 yards and 9 touchdowns on 182 carries.
Avoiding season-ending surgery
As limited as Weber’s season was, he almost didn’t get the chance to play at all. At one point, Ohio State was considering season-ending surgery for Weber, who was expected to be a key Buckeyes contributor as a sophomore.
“For a while there, he had to fight through the scar tissue, because it was a significant tear right before training camp,” coach Urban Meyer told Land of 10 in September.
Dobbins thrived in Weber’s absence, and Ohio State kept winning, but the rest of the team’s season might have looked differently had Weber not played a single snap. Weber received just 5 carries in Ohio State’s 55-24 loss to Iowa on Nov. 4, which many believe is why the Buckeyes were left out of the College Football Playoff.