On the Move
Trey Sermon has announced his commitment to join the Ohio State Buckeyes, after entering the transfer portal as a graduate transfer from Oklahoma. Sermon is allowed immediate eligibility as a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility remaining. This is not only a great move for Sermon, but for the Buckeyes, who were clearly in need of help at the running back position.
Many were curious how the Buckeyes backfield would look once JK Dobbins left. Master Teague looked to be taking the mantle but did suffer an undisclosed injury earlier this spring. With Sermon in the mix, the Buckeyes get a player who has proven he can be elite at the highest level.
The Players in the Room
Master Teague flashed at times while backing up Dobbins last year. As a redshirt freshman, he rushed for 789 yards last season. While he was mostly deployed late in games that were well, I control by the Buckeyes Teague looked good. He is thought of as a power back, and he gets moving he is hard to bring down and has good speed. However, many were worried about him coming into the season, as he struggled to produce against Clemson in the playoffs when Dobbins got hurt. Teague injured his Achilles in a spring practice, which left the Buckeyes with backups Marcus Crowley and Steele Chambers.
The New Guy
Enter Trey Sermon, who joins the Buckeyes with quite the resume. He has already amassed 2,000 career rushing yards and 25 total touchdowns. This also looks like an excellent fit for Sermon. Last year at Oklahoma, after suffering an injury, he came back and was moving further down the depth chart. He now joins the Buckeyes as the likely starter as it looks like Teague could be sidelined for some time. He will have to beat out three backs with limited game experience, which he should be able to do. If Teague comes back by fall practices, they should be able to push each other and, at worst, be the leader in a backfield committee.
Welcome to the Scarlet and Gray and Trey Sermon and here is to a great 2020 season for the Buckeyes.