College students rarely turn down free meals, and Mike Weber is aiming to attain one.
The Ohio State running back placed a bet with fellow tailbacks Saquon Barkley of Penn State and Derrius Guice of LSU.
Both Barkley and Guice accepted the challenge.
If we’re going off last year’s stats, it appears Barkley will have the highest number of chances at gaining the most yards among the three. He ran the ball 272 times in 2016 while Guice tallied 183 attempts and Weber had the fewest with 182.
As for rushing totals, Barkley, who shared the 2016 Chicago Tribune Silver Football award with Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett as the Big Ten Conference’s most valuable players, led the way with 1,496 rushing yards last season. Guice wasn’t too far behind with 1,387 yards on the ground while Weber was third, netting 1,096 yards.
If touchdowns factor into Weber’s proposition like Guice suggested, Weber may have another tough hill to climb. Barkley paced the trio with 18 rushing scores last fall. Guice recorded 15 touchdowns on the ground and Weber brought up the rear yet again, as he found pay dirt nine times.
With Leonard Fournette now out of the picture for LSU and the same for Ohio State with Curtis Samuel, both Guice and Weber look to be in good positions to receive heavier workloads in 2017. Fournette, who was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the fourth overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft, had 129 rushing attempts for 843 yards and eight touchdowns last year. Samuel, who was taken by the Carolina Panthers with the 40th overall pick in the second round of this year's draft, had 97 rushes for 771 yards and eight scores as well. The problem for Weber, however, is that Barrett was the Buckeyes’ second leading rusher in 2016, recording 205 carries (23 more than Weber) for 845 yards and equaling Weber with nine touchdowns.
Barkley, meanwhile, is undoubtedly the Nittany Lions’ top ball carrier. Quarterback Trace McSorley was second on the team last season with 146 totes for 365 yards and seven touchdowns.
Though Weber may have the cards stacked against him, free food is up grabs so who knows what can happen.
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