Mike Hamilton is the starting running back, but is there something better out there? The excitement of the unknown is powerful stuff, but the status quo has a quiet comfort.
One isn’t as sexy as the other, yet Hamilton isn’t exactly the kind of football player who is going to win a fashion show. With a team that heads into the fall with a lot of questions answered, Hamilton, despite being the incumbent, and an established one at that, isn’t the one turning heads. Bobby Reid will be the quarterback this season. Adarius Bowman and D’Juan Woods are looked in as the top receivers. But will Hamilton be the starting running back? It depends if you want to bet on the unknown or stick with consistent. While Hamilton rushed for 991 yards last season - a freshman school record - it’s the glitz, glamour and potential of new guy Dantrell Savage that provides a siren song. Savage, a junior college running back, is the opposite of Hamilton. He has better speed, better moves and a better, “Did you see that guy go?” quotient. “People are always excited about the unknown,” OSU offensive coordinator Larry Fedora said. “So we know what kind of potential he (Savage) has. Maybe that’s why people are excited about him.