OSU's Weber plans to enter NFL draft

Tim May
Ohio State Buckeyes running back Mike Weber Jr. (5) runs past Michigan Wolverines linebacker Noah Furbush (59) during the second half of the NCAA football game between Ohio State and Michigan at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, November 24, 2018. [Jonathan Quilter]

Mike Weber’s plan to hold off talk about his future at Ohio State until after the Rose Bowl changed on Sunday night when the running back announced he will skip his senior season and apply for the 2019 NFL draft. He plans to play in the Rose Bowl.

Part of the one-two combo in the backfield the past two seasons with J.K. Dobbins, Weber, a fourth-year junior from Detroit, made his declaration on social media.

“Wow! It’s been one hell of a journey,” Weber wrote on his Twitter page. “I will forgo my senior season and live the dream I have had since 5 years old. I will be declaring for the 2019 NFL draft.

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“I also will be playing in the Rose Bowl to finish what my brothers and I started.”

He joined fourth-year junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones as the first two OSU underclassmen to declare for the draft this season. Jones said last week he also plans to play in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 against Washington in Pasadena, California.

Whether any other underclassmen follow them remains to be seen. Several are at least thinking about it, including safety Jordan Fuller, center Michael Jordan and cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette.

Weber has rushed for 858 yards and five touchdowns this season and has caught 20 passes for 104 yards and another TD. He ran for 1,096 yards as a redshirt freshman in 2016. Weber rushed for 626 yards last season, when he was hampered by a hamstring injury.


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