Buckeyes trying to make the most of 1-2 punch at tailback

Matt BuckeyeInsider

Following his 1,000-yard freshman season last year, Mike Weber looked like he had the starting tailback position locked down this fall.

But that changed when Weber suffered a hamstring injury in the off-season. True freshman J.K. Dobbins thrived in Weber’s absence, showing a knack for big plays with his speed and power.

Weber is healthy again and coming off a three-touchdown performance against Rutgers. Urban Meyer and his offensive coaching staff are now faced with the task of keeping both talented backs heavily involved in the offense.

In the win over Rutgers, Weber received 10 carries and Dobbins had six, his season low. Meyer said the main reason for that was because the game turned into a rout and he didn’t want to risk Weber and Dobbins getting injured.

“I think he only had six carries,” Meyer said of Dobbins during his Monday press conference. “We want to get him 12 to 15. But things happened, and all of a sudden you look up at the scoreboard and say, get him out of the game because there was no other reason that we pulled him other than that.”

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