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Ohio State: Master Teague ready to work in Buckeyes backfield

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Ohio State running back Master Teague is working and waiting for a chance to shine. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Ohio State: Master Teague ready to work in Buckeyes backfield

Expectations? Yeah, Master Teague is here for all of them.

In fact, like many of Ohio State’s elite freshmen, Teague welcomes the championship heritage that permeates the Horseshoe.

“It does definitely motivate, you’ve got a lot to live up to here and lots of expectations,” said Teague, a former four-star prospect out of Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman High School. “The seniors and older guys, they do what they do. And this is a great example for the younger guys that they set for us.

“In the future, we aspire to be like that.”

Teague’s aspirations match those of his coaches, with head-coach-in-waiting Ryan Day saying of Teague this fall that he had “shown flashes of brilliance … with a really bright future.”

Teague is spending preparations for the New Year’s Day Rose Bowl trying to learn as much as possible from both J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber, who’s likely moving on and generating some NFL Draft buzz.

“I mean it’s really special. You can really look up to these older guys and see how you’re supposed to come prepare every day, throughout week-to-week,” Teague said after Big Ten Championship. “It’s an honor; glory to God. We’ve been through a lot this year.

“I’ve learned a lot, you know, just how you’re supposed to carry yourself through day-to-day, being a Buckeye and you really can learn a lot from them. Hopefully I’ll keep on learning as I transition. Just appreciate those guys very much.”

After appearing in six of 13 games this season for Ohio State and scoring his first career collegiate touchdown, the 5-foot-11, 215-pound Teague is focusing on maximizing the next few weeks as a springboard into 2019.

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Ohio State running back Master Teague will make a serious push for the Buckeyes No. 2 tailback spot in 2019. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

“Every practice is valuable, a chance to get better and improve yourself and also help your teammates get better,” he said. “I just keep on improving in every aspect of being a teammate, running back and anything I can do to help the team.”

Though more experience is a likely goal for just about every freshman, Teague knows well that this season’s trials and tribulations for the Buckeyes is a strong foundation for his future in the program.

“Coach is always saying, we’ve been through so much as far as off-the-field things and just the game situations where, you know, anything that comes at us now, we know how to handle it,” Teague said. “We’ve been trained for that. We’re confident and we just rely on each other, we’re family and trust is a big thing.”

Now, Teague is trusting in the championship heritage at Ohio State continuing into the future.

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With more than 20 years’ experience, John Brice is an award-winning journalist and former sideline reporter who primarily has covered SEC athletics, including a lengthy stint on the University of Tennessee beat.

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