J.K. Dobbins, Jonathan Taylor Both Finish Season with Exactly 2,003 Rushing Yards, 21 Rushing Touchdowns

By Dan Hope on January 1, 2020 at 9:27 pm
J.K. Dobbins and Jonathan Taylor
Taylor photo: Jeff Hanisch – USA TODAY Sports

After playing in 14 games each, J.K. Dobbins and Jonathan Taylor both finished with identical statistics for the season.

Both running backs finished the season with exactly 2,003 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns after playing in 14 games each for their respective teams.

Dobbins reached his numbers in 301 carries for the season, while Taylor had 320.

Taylor was slightly more productive as a receiver for the season, as he caught 26 passes for 252 yards and five touchdowns while Dobbins had 23 catches for 247 yards and two touchdowns.

Dobbins had better ball security than Taylor, as Dobbins had just three fumbles for the year while Taylor had six.

The debate of who is the better running back between Dobbins and Taylor has been a point of conversation all season, especially since awards season, as Taylor was named the Big Ten Running Back of the Year and won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's best running back over Dobbins – which many Ohio State fans, understandably, disagreed with, especially after the Buckeyes defeated the Badgers in both of their head-to-head matchups.

Statistically speaking, though, the most accurate answer might simply be that the two third-year running backs were both equally great.

Ultimately, the most decisive answer of which running back is better – or at least perceived to be so far based on their collegiate careers – could come in April, as Taylor is expected to follow Dobbins' lead and declare for the 2020 NFL draft.

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