Tuesday's roundup: Cass Tech's Weber has clear path to OSU top job
Running back Bri’onte Dunn’s dismissal from Ohio State’s football team has put former Detroit Cass Tech star Mike Weber directly in the spotlight.
Weber, a 5-foot-10, 215-pound sophomore who was the No. 1 player on The Detroit News Blue Chip list in 2015, is expected to be the main man in the Buckeyes’ backfield after Dunn, a senior, was dismissed for violating team rules.
Weber was expected to battle Dunn for the No. 1 job in fall camp. The Buckeyes must replace All-American running back Ezekiel Elliott, who rushed for 3,699 yards and 41 TDs the last two seasons. Elliott was a first-round draft pick of the Cowboys.
“He definitely improved,” OSU running backs coach Tony Alford told Cleveland.com about Weber at the conclusion of spring practices. “He definitely has grown up a bunch. He’s had a good spring. (He’s) a physical player, which we thought he was, but he really started gravitating to starting to learn this offense the way you’d like him to."
Weber rushed for 2,265 yards and 29 TDs his senior year at Cass Tech and was committed to Michigan before Brady Hoke was fired. He suffered a knee injury early in his freshman season with the Buckeyes, but is healthy now and appears ready to take over the top job at OSU.
Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon keeps meeting the standards demanded of him since his season-long suspension two years ago after being charged with punching a women in the face, coach Bob Stoops said.
Stoops was asked if he found it difficult to rationalize Mixon being a full-scholarship athlete with increased awareness nationwide about domestic violence on campuses.
Stoops said Mixon has met all the conditions that were put in front of him when he returned to the Sooners last year.
“Joe Mixon was punished. We’ve already been through all of this,” Stoops said. “He’s met high standards. Continues to have to meet high standards to remain a part of the football team, but he has done so all along.”
After being suspended by Stoops from all football-related activities during the 2014 season, Mixon ran 753 yards and seven touchdowns last year as a redshirt freshman.
Mixon accepted one year of probation in October 2014 after being charged in the incident.
Miles offers support
LSU coach Les Miles has been visiting with law enforcement in Baton Rouge after an ambush by a lone gunman took the lives of three officers Sunday and wounded three others. Miles had unannounced, private meetings with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, which lost a deputy in the fatal shootings, and Baton Rouge Police, which lost two officers.
Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick has been appointed Conference USA’s representative on the NCAA’s football oversight committee.
... Oklahoma assistant coaches Bill Bedenbaugh and Kerry Cooks have been promoted to assistant coordinators.