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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Player Spotlight: J.K. Dobbins

Player Spotlight:  J.K. Dobbins
by Nicholas "NinosCorner" Battle
J.K. Dobbins is a running back reminiscent of the 1990's era.  At 5'10" and 217 pounds, he is powerful and compact, with amazing vision.  Although his 2018 sophomore season did not stack up to his freshman season, please do not come to the conclusion that his game deteriorated.  In fact, it is the total opposite.

In 2017, the Buckeyes had a run first offense that featured a true dual-threat quarterback in J.T. Barrett.  Opposing defenses not only had to worry about the threat of Dobbins running, they were also concerned with Barrett's ability to scramble as well.  The 2018 season was much different.  Ohio State's starting quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, was a quarterback that possessed the arm talent to execute every throw on the field.  His limited running ability allowed teams to target Dobbins in the run game, without the threat of Barrett's running ability in the previous year.  With dual-threat quarterback, Justin Fields, projected to start the 2019 season for the Buckeyes, fans should expect a season similar to the 2017 campaign in which Dobbins rushed for 1,403 yards at an average of 7.2 yards/carry.

Although Dobbins' 2018 season did not duplicate that of the previous year, he was still able to tally a 60.2 point BattleStat Number (BSN) for rushing, a 56.1 point receiving BSN, and a 59.6 composite rushing/recieving BSN.  Dobbins' composite BSN is similar to Aaron Jones (Green Bay Packers, BSN = 58.33) and Kareem Hunt (Cleveland Browns, BSN = 59.35).  Both, Jones and Green, caught 26 passes each last season.  Hunt may have been the more explosive of the two; however, both were very sure-handed, tallying the exact same catch percentage of 74.3% between the two.  Dobbins' bested both with an 83.9% catch percentage in 2018, on 26 receptions.

Dobbins has the potential to become part of the exclusive 40/40 club of rushing and receiving the ball at least 40 times each.  Only 5 running backs, on average, accomplish this feat a year across there entirety of division 1 football.   Dobbins will have really good season with the emergence of Justin Fields as the signal caller.  This will be a fun season to watch for the standout running back.

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