Third-Year Reset: J.K. Dobbins Chasing His Third Consecutive 1,000-Yard Season As Ohio State's Lead Running Back

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BucksHave7's picture

Wow, think about this......SPECIAL!!!

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dudesweet's picture

Modivation is a powerful tool and JK has shown in the past that he has that. I look for him to have a great year.

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OH-IO's picture

Just Do It!

OH-IO living in SEC! SEC! Ville

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NHBuckeye's picture

I believe our O-Line will be better at run blocking this season and it will help JK have a huge year.  With Fields running ability and all the receiving weapons we have, defenses are going to be spread out pretty good.  Dobbins will have some nice running lanes.  

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BuckNutChicago's picture

The potential with JK is enormous.  Imagine a better run blocking line combined with the threat the the QB run, JK will find himself in space 1 on 1 with the LB.  JK wins that match up 8 out of 10 times.

Go Buckeyes!!!

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countrybuckeye's picture

I'm curious, why in this new era where all players know what everyone is doing across the USA in Power 5 conference college football, do a significant number consider their work done when they see success? The elite sure don't, and then they get their just rewards - top honors and top salary in the pros. That would be the next step for tOSU program -- getting all of the players committed to elite excellence during their entire careers

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SantaBarbaraBuck's picture

Human nature. I see it in business everyday with 40 plus year old adults. We’re still talking about kids here. If I would have rushed for 1,400 yards as a freshman and had been treated like a God, I would have probably been a train wreck with an arrest record and herpes. 

"Man I wish everyone stop saying I beat a kid in the hospital 91-35.... It was 98-35, had 91 with 1:26 left in the 4th"
- Cardale Jones

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Hovenaut's picture

JKD is quietly poised for a big year methinks.

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Extramedium's picture

Not very quiet though, it’s pretty obvious 

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Silver Sniper's picture

Rooting for him like crazy but as a realist, I’m not buying the hype yet. He has a lot to prove. JK had everything in place to have an amazing year last year and it was kind of a disaster (the 50th RB in the nation averaged 5.62 YPC last year and 7th round pick Mike Weber averaged 5.5). He was significantly worse than his freshman year and if having a pro style QB is what hindered him, that will be a mark against him at the next level. Unfortunately, he may not get another chance to prove he can find lanes without a running QB as Fields will likely rely more heavily on his legs in year one. Just hoping that if Dobbins isn’t getting it done, the coaches will have the wherewithal to try other options. I’m really high on Teague and Chambers so far and would like to see what they bring.

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Steelydan54's picture

I think JK's skills are undeniable. He hits the hole the play is designed for most of the time and does so with a great speed/power/balance/vision combo. Just rewatched the Indiana game and he goes where he's told and makes the most of it. Much of the problem last year was that everybody knew ahead of time where he was going- including the linebacker who was supposed to be drawn away by the "QB run option".  JK stuck to the plan and tried to run through or around that extra man. Weber simply abandoned the (flawed) play design and attempted to create to the outside with his speed, which worked a little better, but not much. Face it; the option run game was a disaster last year, and NOT a typical passing game run philosophy.  Any RB will do better with a strong running QB, and JK will be no exception, but what the NFL will like about JK is that he went where he was supposed to go and made the best of it. With a proper and effective run game philosophy JK will shine, especially as a feature back who pounds opponents into submission. He is quick and shifty, but also runs through many tackle attempts. Expect great things this year, then off to the NFL for 4 years of greatness. 

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Silver Sniper's picture

Steely, I hope that’s true. I was impressed with his skills during his freshman year, and agree that was undeniable, but he has never been a home run threat and his performance last year, regardless of the reasons, wasn’t good enough. As I mentioned, I’m rooting for him like crazy as we will need a strong running game this year to take a lot of the pressure off of Fields. 

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Extramedium's picture

He’s a quick guy and makes great cuts, but as Silver says he’s not a home run threat.  Weber got over his tendency to get caught from behind his sophomore year, and JK still hasn’t shown the ability to accelerate past defenders and keep up that level of speed downfield.  

When he gets into space it’s 100% predictable he will not go the distance to the endzone (so far) 

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Alpine Buckeye's picture

While all players always have a lot to prove, I disagree with your position on JK. Yes, on the surface he "did worse than his freshman year" or "was worse than the 50th RB in the nation in ypc". It cannot be overstated how much our running game was hampered last year by personnel and scheme and not because of JK. Urban's fingerprints were still all over the offense last year and we ran WAY too many read options and RPOs with Dwayne Haskins as our QB. I guarantee every D coordinator we faced had the defensive ends abandoning the QB read and crashing to attack the RB at the mesh point for the option. Haskins was not a designed-play running threat and it is very easy to scheme against even the best RB in the world if your opponent refuses to eliminate ineffective plays and schemes from their playbooks that do not match their personnel AT ALL. No defense we played last season respected DH's feet (nor should they have), yet I am more than certain they were afraid to let JK get into the open field. It is very simple: JK suffered in ypc because teams knew Haskins was going to hand him the ball nearly every time on read option, teams were OK with forcing Dwayne to keep on the read and the read defender (usually a defensive end) is left completely unblocked in this scheme. Last season, in our usual personnel package for read option, all the read defender had to do was not respect DH's legs and attack JK. That led to lots of short and negative runs for JK, thus the lower ypc. Any team that wants to try the same defensive scheme this season against the run option with Fields at QB will be giving up a ton of yardage on the ground (and most likely they would never dream of defending JF the same way as DH). In the end, last season had zero to do with "JK not being able to run in a pro offense" and a lot more to do with "why is Urban forcing the read option with Dwayne, it is literally trying to put a square peg in a round hole".

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Steelydan54's picture

Yeah;  what Alpine said. 

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Extramedium's picture

All good points, but it ignores the fact that he never reaches the endzone when he gets into space.  He makes a random cut in space almost as if he wants to be caught because he’s out of gas.

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Silver Sniper's picture

This ^^^^

I don’t think it’s a guarantee at all that we are suddenly going to see Freshman Dobbins reemerge. He seems to be getting a free pass for last year from the fans but he did not play well regardless of what was going on around him. 

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BuckInNashville's picture

C’mon man. Weber went in the 5th round after playing his junior year in this offense. He was regarded as a steal by the cowboys. The O line could not move bodies in short yardage situations with the pro style QB against the lower tier of the big ten.

 A lot was made of their zone block training that couldn’t translate to the pro style. There simply weren’t running lanes, and worse, the RBs were hit behind the line of scrimmage often - so their 2 yard gains were a testament to their abilities. He will be running behind a much more athletic O line this year. I fully expect to see 1,500 yards this year.

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TJ1's picture

Weber was a 7th round pick.

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buckeyepastor's picture

So basically, he came in with a hungry work ethic and had a great first year, got a little complacent and frustrated and had took a small step back in year two, and now is back to better habits and a better mindset for this fall.  Sounds like great things ahead for 2019. 

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

A better job of run blocking is very much overdue. Hopefully improvement is realized in total blocking.
Mr. Studrawa, please get it done.

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TURD_BUCKET's picture

JKD will do just fine.  I agree with the comments above that the O-line and the lack of QB running threat played a role.  That should improve this year.  If he did not work as hard last year, then Alford should have addressed that issue last year, but I'm not so sure that his work ethic was really an issue.  He may be a lot hungrier this year, however, sine his number dropped off last year.

I would love to see him hit 1,800 yards this season.

I do not see him coming back for a 4th year.  The shelf life for an RB in the NFL isn't that long so he should get paid as soon as he can.

GO BUCKS!

“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.” John Wooden

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crusher's picture

I may be in the minority but I believe this years O-line will be much better than last years. I think that Davis and Jackson will be an upgrade over Pridgeon and Knox. Hopefully Dobbins can stay healthy because there isn’t much experience behind him. I am very interested to see what Crowley can do. We were in on some big name backs last year but decided to go all in on Crowley who was a low 3 star at the time. Miami fans were PISSED when we swooped in at the last minute. I have a feeling that in the future he’s going to be one of those 3 stars everyone uses as an example when we land a 3 star recruit. 

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CowCat's picture

JKD is a great back and eats up chunks of yardage, but he's not a home-run hitter like Beanie, Zeke or Weber. There's going to be a lot of pressure on Fields to take the top off a defense, as well as to run the ball occasionally. If Fields is ready for that we will be lethal on offense.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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Extramedium's picture

Still hopeful he adds that extra gear Weber found in his sophomore year

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NOBLUE's picture

J.K.will get 1600 yrds easily

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kbab's picture

OSU is in on some big time RB recruits. Seeing JK have a special year will not only be great for the team this year, but may be the final close in getting these prospects to really believe there is an opportunity to shine in Day’s offense.

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BuckeyeinRaleigh's picture

A hunger like his first year, and body of a junior, he could break records easily this year. His physic looks like Mike Weber’s did entering his junior year, scary and amazing all at the same time. I’ve seen pictures of his upper torso lately and the best way I can describe it is, it looks like someone photo shopped the Incredible Hulk with JK’s head on it. He obviously has put the work in. Really looking forward to him getting the ball often this year and plowing little defensive backs over on the way to the end zone.

But, the jump cut is Braxton Miller’s to own. He did it originally and I’m pretty sure he broke more than a couple of opponents ankles doing it. 

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