Ohio State Football Notebook: ‘If you go at lunchtime it’s not expensive’

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No Dutch Allowed

The Ohio State football team has Mondays off, so they are free to enjoy the day with fewer time constraints.

This past Monday, sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins decided to take his offensive line out to eat.

“Yeah, that was pretty fun,” Dobbins said on Tuesday.

Taking an offensive line out to eat can be a pretty pricey prospect, especially at Benihana where Dobbins and his linemen opted to eat.

But don’t worry, Dobbins knows how to get the most bang for his buck.

“If you go at lunchtime it’s not expensive,” he said.

There was some drama, however, when running back Mike Weber and quarterback Dwayne Haskins were left behind. Both players took to Twitter to complain about the lack of inclusiveness.

“We set a time and both of them had things to do,” Dobbins said. “So the linemen were like, ‘Let’s just go anyway.’”

As to his upset teammates?

“That’s their problem,” he said smiling.

Knowing that Dobbins and Weber are splitting carries this season, shouldn’t the two of them have split the Benihana bill as well?

“Yeah,” Dobbins said laughing.

As if you needed anymore proof of the selfless nature of J.K. Dobbins, he later said that since Weber wasn’t there he wouldn’t have to split the bill.

An Impressive Debut

In two games as Ohio State’s acting head coach, Ryan Day has produced a record-breaking Buckeye offense thanks in large part to a dynamic quarterback, talented running backs, a deep group of receivers, and a big ol’ talented offensive line.

The numbers are ridiculous — 350 yards passing per game and 300 yards rushing per game, and the 64.5 points per game the Buckeyes are scoring this season aren’t bad either.

The Ohio State quarterbacks are completing over 80% of their passes and the running backs are averaging over six yards per carry.

Also, 10 different Buckeyes have reached the end zone on offense.

In other words, the Ohio State offense has been very impressive so far. But what has been the most impressive aspect for Day?

“Probably our depth and just talent overall,” he said. “You know, you look all across the board, we’re pretty deep. A lot of playmakers. So when you get the ball to those guys in space and you can stretch the ball vertically and horizontally, you can really be explosive.

“That matched with the tempo and our ability to protect right now is good. Dwayne and Tate [Martell], they have a lot of time and can set their feet, so their rhythm has been good.”

A Fuller Awareness

The Ohio State defense had their struggles in the first week of the season against Oregon State. Small plays became big plays, and those plays cast the entire Buckeye defense in a poor light.

One of the reasons for those big plays, however, was the absence of junior safety Jordan Fuller.

Fuller stepped in last season for the departed Malik Hooker and played well enough to keep people from hating him for it.

With Fuller back in the lineup last week against Rutgers, the Buckeye defense didn’t give up any explosive plays and looked exactly as they were expected to look at the beginning of the season.

So what makes Fuller such a good player?

“Well, he’s a very good athlete, No. 1 and has good anticipation, good vision,” defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said on Monday.

“Jordan would be good whatever he did. He came here as a corner. He could play corner. He’s got that kind of coverage skills. He could play receiver and he was a quarterback in high school. He has a real good spatial awareness and he’s a good tackler.”

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  1. Great job by the Buckeye defense last Saturday.
    I think I have also seen Coach Schiano describe Fuller as a “coach” on the field and I think that made a big difference. He is making sure defenders are where they are supposed to be. If you are out of position, talent won’t always make up for it.

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