Ryan Day Will Lean on J.K. Dobbins and the Rushing Attack Early While the Passing Game Develops This Season

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GlassCityBuckeyes's picture

Not to worried about Dobbins, more the offensive line. Replacing 4 of 5 is no easy task.

Noon games suck

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analyticalguy's picture

... although I'll be more than happy with repeating the outcome from the last time this happened. 

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brothadudeguy's picture

Not too worried about the oline we finally have guards playing guard and Myers was highly recruited based on his run blocking ability. I expect we should see a lot better push in the interior of the line. With dobbins vision and lateral quickness he should have a huge season and we will rely on him while the passing game develops.

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BuckNut_1974's picture

That is probably another reason why Day is going to rely on the run game early. It gives them more time to gel. Its usually easier for a young OL to run block than pass block.

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BuckeyeGoneNuts's picture

It will be interesting to see how JK does this season.  His first season was awesome, off the charts.  The second was good, but a significant step back in terms of statistical production.  There are a variety of explanations for that (more passing, O line RPO issues, etc etc), but to most observers JK looked a half a step slower or less explosive when he got the ball.  I don't know if that's true or not, but if we see the explosive (year 1) JK again, look out......

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acBuckeye's picture

He kept getting hit at the line. His freshman season, first contact came 3+ yards downfield routinely. That's on the line. TBH, any back looks slower when they are constantly changing direction in the backfield to try and find a crease. A crease is all JK needs.

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bd2999's picture

Curious about the offensive line and how quickly Fields can get into the swing of the offense. Particularly the passing game. I imagine he is involved in the read option but Dobbins is not going to be an issue at all.

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Weave77's picture

“We’re going to win the national championship, and I think I’m going to have a pretty good year," Dobbins said when looking ahead to the 2019 season. "That’s all I can tell you."

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ANOTHERMICHIGANLOSS's picture

I told my buddies the first time I saw Dobbins play that he would win a Heisman.  This would be the year for him to prove me right.

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Hovenaut's picture

It's on the offensive line to enact the attack, but J.K. can (will) set the tone.

I like what he's sayin'...

I'm not around that much, running exhausted and lost...

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Milk Steak To Go's picture

Have they schemed up blocking?  Seemed like last year they always left a DE/LB unblocked and they ended up making the tackle for little to no gain.

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KeithByarsRightFoot's picture

We actually do have one returning scholarship QB. Chris Chugunov who came over as a grad transfer last year from West Virginia.

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TURD_BUCKET's picture

The Buckeyes 2017 offense passed 440 times for 3679 yards and 39 TDs.  They rushed 589 times for 3405 yards and 34 TDs. Total 1029 att for 7084 yards and 73 TDs.

The 2018 team passed 561 times for 5100 yards and 51 TDs.  They rushed 570 times for 2398 yards and 23TDs.  Total 1131 att for 7498 yards and 74 TDs.

Total yards and total TDs were very comparable between the two years.  Personally, I do not care where they get the yards.  Just get the yards.

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

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stpetebuck's picture

Personally, I do not care where they get the yards.  Just get the yards....

and points. Agree with everything in your post TBucket. Points matter the most. Ryan Day and Kevin Wilson will get the points, no problem. 

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CowCat's picture

Good comparison, TBucket. 

It's interesting that we had such a seemingly unstoppable passing attack in 2018, yet we only netted 1 TD more than 2017. I would have thought it was higher, but perhaps that's just a bias from seeing us lay 62 points on UM.

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

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VintonCountyBuck's picture

Yeah.. I’m looking at the schedule.. and if J.K. gets more than 15-20 carries in the first few games we might be really struggling as an offense.  I am assuming the early part of the year should play out with the Bucks getting the game in hand and then opening up the passing game in order to work on a few things, much like in years past.  It will definitely be interesting to see unfold.  But I honestly think they’re going to ok, either way.

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

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analyticalguy's picture

I'm good with 15 or so carries per game over those games by JK, provided that it's at a 7 ypc clip.  Throw in a healthy dose of McCall and Teague as backups and change of pace, a few (just a few) QB runs, and then some decent passing, and we'll have ourselves an offense. Save his body for games when it's really needed.

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VintonCountyBuck's picture

I'm good with 15 or so carries per game over those games by JK, provided that it's at a 7 ypc clip.  Throw in a healthy dose of McCall and Teague as backups and change of pace, a few (just a few) QB runs, and then some decent passing, and we'll have ourselves an offense. Save his body for games when it's really needed.

Yes, exactly!  We’re going to need him  healthy and the running game to pick it up later in the year when the weather turns bad.  

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

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mmp15f's picture

JK just needs to run like he did vs Maryland last year. He wasn’t making extra, unnecessary cuts and his willingness to just put his head down that game was what made such a difference. 

On that note, and I mean no disrespect to Dobbins, but I wish we still had at least one back who was 225+. Carlos Hyde and Zeke Elliott were just able to bring a different type of force. 

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brothadudeguy's picture

What dobbins loses in size (and dont get me wrong, have you seen this guy? He looks like a bowling ball) he makes up for in lateral quickness. Dobbins came out and said that last year he tried to always break a home run play because of shared responsibility with Weber. Plus our line was awful at getting any push. I think with our new line and a new mindset for dobbins will make him a Heisman candidate. Watch vs. Indiana 2017.

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Steelydan54's picture

JK should shine this year. I expect more running early, which means Dobbins and Fields creating opportunity to break off big chunks. Later I expect more passing with Dobbins in a reduced role, but still effective as Fields will always create a run threat/diversion for Jk. It will look more like JTBall first half of the year, with a transition to Haskins ball later on (but with a real run threat that will offset the differences between DH and JF. 

Steelybuck54

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stpetebuck's picture

Love Dobbins, but I really really like Teague. Look for Teague to have better ypc. But, yes  Dobbins will be the deserving workhorse. 

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Silver Sniper's picture

Thank you StPete. It’s a very unpopular opinion around here but I’m much higher in Teague than Dobbins. Dobbins is fine but I think at the end of the day his career will be thought of as not having lived up to the hype, especially after the promise he showed his Freshman year. Love Teague though. His strength and speed combo, his work ethic, and his humility. Not to mention he averaged about 3 more yards per carry than JK last year. And he has no hype to live up to bc he was a three star when he committed and he has never been pegged as our next great back. Hoping that Dobbins proves me wrong in year three.

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buckslan's picture

You should at least wait until Dobbins finishes his junior year before making that kind of statement.

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Silver Sniper's picture

Buckslan, that’s my opinion. That’s what we’re all expressing here. I’m rooting for JK, I’m just higher on Teague. If I end up being completely wrong and Dobbins goes nuts, then that’s great!! I’ll happily be wrong. If we all have the exact same rose colored opinions then it’s just group-think.

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stpetebuck's picture

Finding those unsung heroes may be one of the most fun parts of following sports.  

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Trebor40's picture

I like our chances with a line like the one they have assembled and Dobbins plus a strong group of unproven yet talented backs competing!

We will play smash mouth football for most of the early year reminding teams of just how aggressive our roster can be! 

I would rather be on hand with 10 men then elsewhere with 10,000 - Timur Lenk

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CowCat's picture

I'm all for getting the running game going again. We have good depth at the RB position. What I don't want to see is Justin Fields running a lot like JT did. We don't want Fields being injured, because the depth at QB has been cobbled together..

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

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PRO8's picture

IMO if you want the running game to be potent you need fields to run, he has to be an option or else they will key on the RB. The thing is to limit his runs but not enough to let the D key on the RB. I expect a lot of help for JK from Teauge and Mc Call or maybe even Crowley. We need to spread the carries around and find out who is the most effective  and then we can find a pair to ride and spell each other . If they find they have more than a pair  to ride that is even better.

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NOBLUE's picture

O lines gotta be much better than last season...

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BUCKAROOTIMESTWO's picture

Dobbins wanting to head off to the NFL early will be all the motivation he needs.

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TomD's picture

This is a very sound approach, given the situation.  New QB, experienced RB, lean on the RB in the early going. And give the OL a chance to develop in run blocking, an area that needs improvement from last year.  With more OLmen playing "in" position -- guards at OG, tackles at OT -- the run blocking should be much improved.  This will be a clear test of Coach Studrawa's position coaching abilities.

With the talent behind J.K. Dobbins on the depth chart, expect Master Teague, Demario McCall and Marcus Crowley to all get some carries too. Coaching staff is surely aware of not overworking Dobbins early, as it is a long, hard season, especially with significant back-loaded games against Penn State, Michigan, the B1G championship game and the playoffs.

"Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it." - Woody Hayes

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stpetebuck's picture

Great post. 

And you’re right Coach Stud really needs to have a successful year. 

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mmp15f's picture

Well said from start to finish.

I think we'll see a lot more gap-scheme blocking, including the return of the power read/inverted veer.

And definitely make or break for Stud! I thought it was a little soon to declare that he should have UNDOUBTEDLY been fired, and I think replacing four starters with offensive linemen as talented as guys like Davis, Myers, NPF, etc. will be the perfect way to evaluate him.

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HideandZeke's picture

Love how coach Day, is going about this season. Establish the run game, then hit them in the air. By time they head up north, they will have a powerful 1,2 combo to destroy that annoying team for the eight straight time! Damn it feels great being a Buckeye fan

After every snap you hit'em and you hit'em and you hit'em if you feel you didn’t hit'em enough hit'em some more

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