Honorable Mention: Brandon Minor, Stephfon Green, Jason Ford
5. Boom Herron
2008 Stats: 89 Rushes - 439 Yards - 6 Touchdowns
Having a catchy nickname must be a requirement to play RB for Ohio State. Daniel 'Boom' Herron filled in adequatelyfor the oft-injured Chris 'Beanie' Wells in 2008. Boom's shining moment was the 2008 regular season finale against the rival Michigan Wolverines. Herron ran for 80 yards on only eight carries, and two touchdowns. I look for Herron to become the main option on the ground (besides Terrelle Pryor) for the Buckeyes in 2009. Boom was a four star recruit coming out of high school, and will only be a sophomore this season.
4. DeLeon Eskridge
2008 Stats: 184 Rushes - 678 Yards - 7 Touchdowns
2008 Stats: 155 Rushes - 884 Yards - 9 Touchdowns
John Clay showed all the promise of being a big time bruser running back. Now, the question is whether he can sustain it, unlike P.J. Hill. Clay seems to be in better shape than Hill, and have slightly more breakaway speed. While splitting carries with both Hill and Zach Brown, Clay still managed to be the seventh leading rusher in the conference. With Hill out of the picture, I look for Clay to go well over the 1,000 yard mark.
1. Evan Royster
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