Williams produced when he did get the ball in a reserve role last season, gaining 290 yards on 57 carries (an average of 5.0 yards per carry) and scoring three touchdowns.
Dobbins seized the starting job last year and led the team last season with 1,403 yards as a freshman. Weber gained 1,096 yards in 2016 as a redshirt freshman and rushed for 626 yards last season. Their production is a big reason why Williams may remain lower on the depth chart this season. However, he hasn't let it affect his preparation.
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“First and foremost, he’s a pro about how he handles his business,” running backs coach Tony Alford said. “He’s an extremely mature kid. He has improved. He’s probably, in my estimation, one of our top three guys on the team as far as improvement. Obviously, I’m probably biased, but he’s had a great spring.”
Williams will get to show his skills at 1:45 p.m. Saturday when Ohio State plays the annual spring game at Ohio Stadium.
“I think I’ve had a pretty good spring,” Williams said. “I’ve tried to improve on a lot of things. I understand the offense a little better. I’m more comfortable in it. I know where things are supposed to hit a little better. Therefore I’m performing better and faster.”
Ohio State spring game, 1:45 p.m., Big Ten Network