Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer took to the podium on Tuesday for his teleconference, and one of the subjects that was brought up about the Navy win this past weekend was the performance of the running backs, Curtis Samuel and Ezekiel Elliott.
All in all, Meyer seemed please about how the two performed against the Midshipmen, but you could tell that he sees some room for improvement.
“The two tailbacks I thought did very good. Elliot played with a relentless effort, downfield blocking.” Meyer said. “He didn’t have great numbers. He had good numbers, but not great numbers in terms of yards per carry because he had a couple short yardage ones in there that we didn’t block very well. Curtis Samuel I thought played outstanding for his first game. Dontre Wilson I thought played very well. Jalin didn’t play as well as I thought he would, but I think he has the potential to be very good.”
With the loss of Carlos Hyde, we knew that it would take some time to develop the running game back up to being a constant reliable source of yardage, but both Elliott and Samuel showed on Saturday that they can get it to where it needs to be as the season goes on.