Ohio State Football: Is Miyan Williams the Buckeyes’ RB1?

The Ohio State football team cruised to an easy 49-10 win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Does Ohio State have a starting running back controversy?

The Ohio State Buckeyes did what they needed to do on Saturday afternoon against Rutgers. They beat the Scarlet Knights handedly on the back of a stellar defensive performance and by leaning on Miyan Williams and the running game.

With second-year standout back TreVyon Henderson out with injury, Saturday became Miyan Williams’ day to shine. With 21 rushes for 189 yards and an Ohio State record five rushing touchdowns, Williams was the player of the day for the Buckeyes.

But With Miyan’s big game, and frankly the way he’s run the rock all season long, coupled with Henderson’s injury-filled season and lack of consistency rushing, some are wondering if Williams should be the lead back moving forward.

Going back to the Notre Dame game in Week One, it was Williams that was on the field for the final scoring drive to ice the game, not Henderson.

The knock on Miyan Williams has been the perceived notion that he’s not a home run hitter. Well, he proved that wrong on Saturday when he to a handoff right up the gut and went 70 yards early in the third quarter.

Ohio State is in a great position with its running back room. They truly have two high-caliber starting running backs that would be featured backs on just about any other team in the country. The Buckeyes can simply play the hot hand in every game moving forward.

Just because Williams came in as a three-star and Henderson as a five-star prospect doesn’t mean Henderson should automatically get the bulk of playing time. Yes, Henderson had an excellent season last year. But so far to date, Williams has outperformed him.