Big Ten football roundup: Ohio State’s Weber to enter NFL draft

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COLUMBUS — Ohio State running back Mike Weber plans to declare for the NFL draft after the Rose Bowl.

The redshirt junior announced on Twitter on Sunday that he would forgo his senior season to pursue his childhood dream of playing pro football. He said he would play in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 “to finish what my brothers and I started.”

Weber is one of four players in Ohio State history to rush for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman. His production fell last year as he battled a leg injury, and this season he split time with J.K. Dobbins.

Weber ran for 858 yards and five touchdowns on 157 carries this season. In three seasons he rushed for 2,580 yards and 24 touchdowns in 37 games.

UM’s Solomon


With Rashan Gary and Chase Winovich not expected back next season, Michigan will also be down another defensive lineman in 2019.

That’s because Aubrey Solomon, a former five-star recruit who played in all 13 games as a true freshman, has decided to transfer out of Michigan, according to a Monday-afternoon report from Stadium Network’s Brett McMurphy.

Michigan football spokesman Dave Ablauf released this statement to reporters on Monday: “Aubrey has permission to speak with other schools, which gives him the opportunity to transfer or stay at Michigan.”

Solomon only played in five games as a sophomore, primarily in a reserve lineman role, in part aided by injury.

Recruit changes

choice to Michigan

Michigan football’s 2019 recruiting class received a boost Sunday night.

Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas linebacker Anthony Solomon flipped his commitment from the Miami Hurricanes to the Wolverines, after taking an official visit to Ann Arbor over the weekend.

“Throughout the recruitment cycle The University of Michigan, Coach (Jim) Harbaugh and Coach (Don) Brown have never given up on me,” Solomon wrote on Twitter.

Solomon, listed at 6 feet and 190 pounds, is ranked as a 4-star prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite. He is the No. 193 overall recruit in the nation, the No. 11 outside linebacker and the 29th-best prospect from Florida in his class.

Solomon previously gave a verbal commitment to Miami on April 4.

QB decides

to play for IU

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.— Jack Tuttle, who left Utah after losing a tough preseason battle to start at quarterback, is transferring to Indiana and will join the Hoosiers for the spring semester.

The 6-foot-4 Tuttle, who was born in Indianapolis but played his high school ball at Mission Hills (California) High School, did not play for the Utes as a true freshman this season behind Jason Shelley. He is a former four-star recruit and was a top five pro-style quarterback in most 2017 rankings.

His arrival sets up another quarterback battle for the Hoosiers, who have relied primarily on Peyton Ramsey. Prized freshman Michael Penix Jr. was lost for the season with a knee injury in October.

Canceled game

deal reached

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska and Akron announced an agreement Monday addressing the Sept. 1 season-opening game between the two that was canceled because of bad weather.

Nebraska wanted to play Akron the following day, but the Zips couldn’t find a hotel for Saturday night and the Huskers said Akron turned down Nebraska’s offer to house players in vacant dormitories and provide breakfast. Oct. 27 and Dec. 1 were believed to be possible dates to play the game, but for various reasons did not happen and other opponents were found.

Under the agreement, Akron will play at Nebraska on Sept. 6, 2025, for a guarantee of $1.45 million. The Huskers will also pay Akron $650,000 for the canceled game, more than half the $1.17 million guarantee.

After the game was canceled, Nebraska played Bethune-Cookman on Oct. 27, an open date, and paid the MEAC school a guarantee of $800,000. Akron played at South Carolina on Dec. 1 in a game that helped the Gamecocks make up for an earlier cancellation due to Hurricane Florence.


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