Ohio State Football: Spring Update On The Running Backs

Ohio State Football: Spring Update On The Running Backs

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Ohio State Football: Spring Update On The Running Backs

The top three running backs were made available for interviews Monday along with running backs coach Tony Alford. Here’s some things that stood out.


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Ohio State Football: Update On The Running Backs

The top three running backs on the depth chart and their position coach Tony Alford were made available for interviews Monday. Here are some notes and observations from where things stand with the running backs.

  • The competition between sophomore J.K. Dobbins and Junior Mike Weber is in a dead heat. According to running backs coach Tony Alford, it’s about 50/50 right now between the two.
  • Somewhat surprisingly, Alford had plenty of glowing remarks to say about third-stringer Antonio Williams. He said that he has closed the gap considerably between the other two, and in his eyes is one of the top three most improved players on the entire team.
  • Part of that improvement involves some lost weight for Williams. Since his arrival at Ohio State, he has shed seventeen pounds and feels much more agile and able to break away. It appears as though he’s earned an increase in playing time in some way, shape, or form. We’ll have to see if that comes to fruition.
  • It’s no secret the Buckeyes may find ways to get both Dobbins and Weber on the field at the same time this year. We saw it in the Cotton Bowl a little, and Alford reiterated that it is something that is evolving.
  • There were a lot of questions about the quarterback race, with most of them being deferred. However, Mike Weber made an interesting note about both quarterbacks looking good. When pushed on what two, he offered up Dwayne Haskins and Joe Burrow. Of course this could be just a guy not in the QB room speaking out of turn, but there was no mention of Tate Martell. We might be reading into that too much, but its worth noting nonetheless.
  •  Alford was asked what guy outside of the running back room has really stood out, and without hesitating, he offered up the name of potential right tackle Thayer Munford. Munford continues to impress all the coaches, and when it starts to go beyond your own position guys, something is big is happening. Look for Munford to be a beast this year.
  • When asked how he can possibly keep all the talented running backs happy, Alford quipped that it’s not his job to keep them happy, but to do what’s best for the team. He does want a room full of guys that want the ball on every play, but he’ll then go with the best guys that have proven their worth.
  • When asked about the ideal split in carries once games roll around between Dobbins and Weber, Alford said its more of a flow of the game and feel more than it is a prescriptive outlook.
  • Alford was also asked about any issues surfacing between Ryan Day and Kevin Wilson since they are both offensive coordinators now. He said there are zero issues, that both are professional guys and work well together. When pressed on who the boss is, he deadpanned that it’s Urban Meyer.
  • There is a fine balance between getting guys work and keeping them healthy. According to Dobbins, he is not getting as many reps as last year in an effort to keep him from wearing down. Alford reiterated the notion that the guys aren’t being asked to do as much on the field because they are proven guys.
  • J.K. Dobbins was asked about his relationship with Mike Weber because of the intense competition ongoing between the two. He had nothing but good things to say about each pushing each other and being good teammates and friends.

 

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