Gone: Dorian Brown, Dylan Wears
Arriving: O'Shann Allison (signee '18)
Ohio returns most of its running backs from last year including RS senior A.J. Ouellette who became the first Bobcat running back to reach 1,000 rushing yards since 2012 last season, racking up 1,0006 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Ouellette also caught 10 passes for 97 yards and a score.
Sophomore Julian Ross also had some quality snaps in 2017, picking up 250 yards on 60 carries and three touchdowns.
RS senior Maleek Irons sat out in 2017 but returns after racking up 439 yards on 95 carries and five touchdowns in 2016.
With Ouellette, Ross and Irons all being limited at times this spring RS freshman Jake Neatherton has taken a bulk of the scrimmage snaps and shown a solid physical running style and great ability so far.
Also in the mix is RS senior David Burroughs who has also taken a large number of scrimmage snaps this spring. Burroughs Had 19 carries for 169 yards last season.
Last season, Ohio's offense set records in points scored in a season (508), scoring average (39.1), yards per carry (5.7) and rushing touchdowns (44). The Bobcats also led the MAC in rushing offense (244.5) and scoring offense (39.1).
Quote from Tim Albin – Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs
"I've gotten a lot of reps with all my guys, A.J. and Maleek have been limited but both of those guys have a ton of experience. But Julian, Jake and David have gotten a ton of reps and have done a very good job so I have been very pleased. I am not scared to put any of the five guys in the game plus we have O'Shann Allison coming in who is very talented so we are in a good spot there. I am really excited about my running backs."
On offense this spring
"We have a ton of seniors on offense so that needs to show on the field. It's going to come down to production and turnovers have to go down. In my 14 years here I can't remember us having this many seniors so I am very excited. The offensive line has had a solid camp, but we are struggling with depth. We are going to have to find a way to keep those guys healthy. Receiver-wise, Papi has had a really good spring. Cameron, Andrew and Elijah haven't been in there so we have gotten a ton of reps with guys like K.J. Minter, Isiah Cox and younger guys. I am excited about them and what they can bring. Fron a tight end standpoint, we lost our two fifth-year seniors but we have Connor Brown who is now a fifth-year senior and Ryan and Adam Luehrman who have done a good job."