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Ohio State RB questions answered with addition of former Oklahoma star Trey Sermon


Trey Sermon in action against Texas Tech (courtesy Oklahoma Athletic Communications)


The Ohio State Buckeyes have always had great running backs.

But with J.K. Dobbins leaving for the NFL after the 2019 season, there were alot of fans and media wondering who would be the feature back.

Ohio State has a bunch of talented backs in Master Teague, Steele Chambers, Marcus Crowley and Demario McCall, but none of them have ever been the 20-25 times a game feature back that Dobbins was the past three seasons. Granted, Teague played more than all of them during this past season, but he mostly played when the Buckeyes had the game sealed up before halftime. He did show explosiveness, physicality and speed during his opportunities.

Trey Sermon

Entering the picture to answer the big question for everybody is graduate transfer Trey Sermon of Oklahoma.

Sermon is very familiar with the Buckeyes and Ohio Stadium. He scored his first college touchdown in the 2017 win over Ohio State. Sermon caught a touchdown pass, ran for 62 yards and helped Oklahoma upset then-No. 2 Ohio State with Baker Mayfield as the Sooners QB.

He chose Ohio State because they needed depth at RB, a leader at that position, best situation for him and felt comfortable with Buckeyes running back coach Tony Alford, who recruited him during his high school days in Marietta, Georgia. Sermon is more than capable if he can stay healthy. Sermon ran for 744 yards as a freshman and 972 yards as a sophomore, but had disappointing numbers last season, rushing 54 times for 395 yards in 2019 in limited action due to an injuries.





    Running Back
    Marietta, Ga.
    Sprayberry HS

Named to Academic All-Big 12 Second Team … played in nine games … injured versus Iowa State (11/9) and missed final five contests … made four starts (vs. Houston, South Dakota, UCLA and Kansas) … rushed for 385 yards and four touchdowns on 54 carries … ranked second on team with 7.1 yards per rush … caught eight passes for 71 yards and a touchdown … carried 11 times for 71 yards (2-yard TD) and caught two passes for 20 yards (15-yard TD) at Kansas (10/5) … ran for 76 yards and pair of scores (1 and 32 yards) on seven carries vs. Texas Tech (9/28) … rushed seven times for 51 yards at UCLA (9/14) … carried nine times for 56 yards and a TD (1 yard) vs. South Dakota (9/7) … rushed 11 times for season-high 91 yards and caught two passes for 20 yards vs. Houston in opener (9/1).

An All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection by league’s coaches … played in all 14 games and made 12 starts … started each of final 12 contests and led team with 13 touchdowns (all rushing) while ranking third with 947 rushing yards (5.8 average on team-high 164 carries) … caught 12 passes for 181 yards … ran for 19 yards and a touchdown against No. 1 Alabama in CFP Semifinal at the Orange Bowl (12/29) … rushed for game-high 65 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in win over No. 9 Texas in Big 12 Championship (12/1) … ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries and caught two passes for 33 yards against Oklahoma State (11/10) … registered career highs of 26 carries, 206 yards and three touchdowns at Texas Tech (11/3) … rushed eight times for 58 yards and caught a season-high four passes for 27 yards against Kansas State (10/27) … ran for 110 yards on 17 carries at TCU (10/20) … totaled 117 yards (54 rushing, 63 receiving) and a rushing TD against Texas (10/6) … registered a career-long 51-yard reception against Baylor (9/29) … tallied 119 rushing yards on eight carries against Army (9/22) … rushed for 69 yards and a score on nine carries against Florida Atlantic (9/1).

Named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention for Offensive Freshman of the Year by league’s coaches … played in all 14 games and made three starts … ranked second on team with 744 rushing yards (53.1 per game, 6.1 per carry) and tied for second with five rushing TDs … led Big 12 in yards after contact (4.13 per attempt) according to Pro Football Focus … rushed for at least 80 yards in four contests and at least 90 yards three times … ran for 34 yards on two carries (long of 31) against Georgia in CFP Semifinal at Rose Bowl (1/1) … ran for 63 yards on 10 carries against TCU in Big 12 Championship (12/2) … carried six times for 50 yards against West Virginia (11/25) … ran for 30 yards and a touchdown on five carries at Kansas (11/18) … rushed 10 times for 81 yards and a touchdown at Oklahoma State (11/4) … led team with 96 rushing yards on career-high 20 carries and threw a 42-yard completion on first career pass attempt against Texas (10/14) … ran for team-high 90 yards on 18 carries and set career highs in receptions (5) and receiving yards (54) while catching a TD pass against Iowa State (10/7) … earned Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors after setting career high with 148 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries (all in fourth quarter) at Baylor (9/23) … gained 22 yards and scored a TD on seven carries against Tulane (9/16) in first career start … recorded 62 rushing yards on 17 attempts and caught three passes for 23 yards and first career TD at Ohio State (9/9) … ran for 51 yards on seven carries in OU debut against UTEP (9/2).

Early enrollee … ranked as a four-star recruit by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout … rated as the 80th overall player in the country by ESPN, 158th overall by 247Sports, 171st overall by Rivals and 236th overall by Scout … tabbed as the No. 9 running back in the country by ESPN, No. 10 by 247Sports, No. 12 by Rivals and No. 19 by Scout … rated by ESPN as the No. 8 recruit in the state of Georgia, No. 15 by Rivals and No. 18 by 247Sports … ran for 1,227 yards and 16 touchdowns on 166 carries (7.4 yards per rush) as a senior … also held offers from Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State and others.

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