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Ohio State running back Mike Weber implies return to team in 2018

Ohio State redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) celebrates after running the ball in for at touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor

Whoever is named Ohio State’s starting quarterback in 2018 will have one of the Buckeyes’ top offensive weapons back.

Redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber tweeted, “One more year,” seeming to imply he will be back in scarlet and gray next season.

Weber’s 2017 season went shakier than anticipated. He entered the season expecting to be the starting running back, but suffered a partially torn hamstring prior to the season beginning. By the time he was healthy, freshman J.K. Dobbins had ascended atop the depth chart and took over Weber’s starting role.

Weber ended the 2017 campaign with a five-carry, 18-yard performance in the Cotton Bowl and 101 rushes for 626 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. The Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2016, Weber had 182 rushes for 1,096 yards and 10 touchdowns as a redshirt freshman.

Next season, Weber will likely split carries with Dobbins once again. If healthy, he could usurp more carries from Dobbins than in 2017.

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