Life after Chris "Beanie" Wells. Will it exist as we know it? Or will we be looking for something lost?
Chris Wells is off to the NFL after his junior season, leaving OSU No. 4 on the career rushing yards list for the Buckeyes. He is one of the all-time greats for the school, but could have been one of the top-two running backs (if not the best) ever to put on the scarlet and grey if he had come back for his senior season.
This leaves us, as Buckeye fans, to wonder who's next to fill these shoes in "The Shoe".
Let's take a look at what we will see at the running back position in 2009.
Daniel "Boom" Herron, sophomore
He looked good at times last year, but was like a deer in the headlights for a majority of the time. Let's hope that he will get over those freshman jitters, and put up some good numbers in 2009. As a freshman, Herron had 89 carries, 442 yards, and six touchdowns.
He had two huge games against Troy and Michigan in 2008, but posted less than stellar games the rest of the season.
Brandon Saine, junior
Saine was completely lost in the offense last year, getting only 26 carries for 65 yards all season. After a somewhat robust freshman campaign in 2007 that had fans thinking Sanie and Beanie would be splitting time in 2008, Brandon just disappeared in his sophomore season.
Jaamal Berry, freshman
Berry signed his Letter of Intent yesterday to play for Ohio State next season. Berry has 4.35 speed in the 40, and can absolutely fly. He has been known not to shy away from hits, running between the tackles without fear. Jaamal was ranked by most recruiting experts as a top-five RB in the nation.
Look for this newcomer to make his mark on the 2009 season, and give everyone the hope that a Beanie-type runner is in the fold. Don't be surprised to see this guy starting at some point, possibly early, in the season.
So yes my friends and fellow OSU fans, there is Life after Beanie.