COLUMBUS, Ohio – Even before Ohio State's Mike Weber ran for 136 yards in his collegiate debut, he had been compared with Buckeye great Carlos Hyde.
By the time Weber was done helping the Buckeyes to a 77-10 season-opening win over Bowling Green, Curtis Samuel had racked up 261 total yards and three touchdowns as well. When asked how good the combination of himself and Samuel could be, Weber had a response ready.
"LenDale White and Reggie Bush," Weber said. "I mean, we can get there, probably could even be better. But I think that can be a really good one-two punch."
Weber said he and Samuel have talked about that comparison, but noted that they usually "laugh it off."
In 2005, Bush won the Heisman while playing at USC after rushing for 1,740 yards and 16 touchdowns and adding 478 yards and two more scores through the air. That same season, White chipped in with 1,302 yards and 24 touchdowns on the ground.
In that comparison, Weber would be White, who didn't end up with the Heisman, but he noted that he's not worried about individual accolades just yet.
"If I won the Heisman, that would be crazy," Weber said. "But I'm not looking for that, I just want to win."