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Football: Mike Weber will head to the NFL Draft following Rose Bowl

Ohio State redshirt junior running back Mike Weber (25) watches the game from the sidelines in the second half of the game against Purdue on Oct. 20. Ohio State lost 49-20. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo Editor

After three years and 37 games in an Ohio State uniform, redshirt junior running back Mike Weber will end his Ohio State career after his 38th game.

Weber announced on Sunday through Twitter that he will forgo his final year of college eligibility to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. He also said he plans to play in the Rose Bowl for the Buckeyes against Washington on Jan. 1.

In his redshirt freshman year, Weber ran for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns, earning the Big Ten Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year and Second-Team All-Big Ten.

This season, after splitting carries with sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins, Weber is up to 962 total yards and six total touchdowns, rushing for 5.5 yards per carry.

Weber ran for 186 yards and three touchdowns in Ohio State’s opening game against Oregon State this season, and broke for 104 yards against Michigan state, who has the No. 1 rush defense in the NCAA.

To break 1,000 rushing yards for the second time in three seasons, Weber would need to run for 142 yards against the Huskies in the Rose Bowl.

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