He has also spent time at slot receiver and became a receiving threat out of the backfield late last season, a role he could reprise this year depending on how the race to backup Dobbins shakes out.
Teague (5-11, 220), Chambers (6-2, 215) and Crowley (6-1, 205) are all bigger backs in the more traditional mold for Ohio State, but Day has stressed the most reliable runner will back up Dobbins, who is hoping to add a third 1,000-yard rushing season in as many tries to his resume.
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Teague was considered the favorite to be the No. 2 back, but an unidentified injury has slowed him in the preseason.
“Demario has had a good camp,” Day said. “He's done some really good things. I think he can really be a weapon for us. Master has practiced a couple days. When he has, he's looked good. He's been limited all camp, which is hard. I know frustrating for him. Then the two freshmen have been running hard.”
All of the candidates could get looks in games in the early part of the season, especially with the one-year-old NCAA rule allowing players to participate in up to four games without losing a year of eligibility, something Teague did last season.
Coach Tony Alford shares perspective on the men competing to back up J.K. Dobbins this spring.