Dobbins exceeds expectations

Kevin Noon, Publisher
Buckeye Grove

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buckeyes knew they had something when they landed J.K. Dobbins out of La Grange (Texas) last offseason but maybe they did not know just how good of a start he was going to get to the season.

Dobbins had his second 150-plus yard game of his young career that has spanned three whole games with a 13-carry, 172-yard and two touchdown outing against Army West Point. Couple that with his 181-yard debut against Indiana.

The season totals are gaudy for Dobbins with 425 yards on 55 carries for an average of 7.7 yards per carry. It would have been hard for anyone to predict this kind of start for the freshman back, including Dobbins himself.

"To be honest, no. I knew I would get a good start but I did not know it was going to be like this," Dobbins said after the game.

Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes have to find a way to juggle two great backs with Dobbins and Mike Weber and that might cut down Dobbins' carries a little bit but the Buckeyes know they have something that they have to take advantage of more often.

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"We saw it against Indiana," Meyer said. "He's a perfect tailback. He's a space players that we need."

109 of Dobbins yards came in the second half but the majority came on two plays in Ohio State's first offensive series of the half. The Buckeyes were up 10 points and Dobbins ripped off back-to-back runs of 22 yards and 52 yards and a big score for the Buckeyes to go up by 17.

Dobbins already knows how to credit the players around him.

"My O-line, my receivers and my tight end, outstanding job of blocking," Dobbins said humbly. "That is all I can say."

Dobbins had shown great moves before but had not been able to break off a big one until that 52-yarder. What happened on that play?

"I saw that my teammates were blocking very well for me and I just had to beat one person and I kind of pride myself on beating the first person that gets there to me," Dobbins said. " It was off to the races after that."

As good as the first three games have been, Dobbins knows he has only scratched the surface.

"I am not really surprised about it and I just feel like I can do so much better," Dobbins said.

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