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Deuces Wild — JK Dobbins, Chase Young Big Ten Players of the Week

JK Dobbins, Chase Young Ohio State Buckeyes

From an Ohio State press release.

No. 2s are No. 1 in the Big Ten This Week

J.K. Dobbins and Chase Young are the Big Ten’s offensive and defensive players of the week   

 COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins and defensive end Chase Young have been named the Big Ten Conference offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively, for their efforts in No. 3 Ohio State’s 38-7 victory over No. 13 Wisconsin Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

Dobbins, who wears jersey No. 2, rushed for over 100 yards for the fourth consecutive game while totaling 221 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns against a Wisconsin team that came into the game with the nation’s No. 1 overall defense, No. 1 rushing defense, No. 1 passing defense and No. 1 scoring defense.

Dobbins, a junior from LaGrange, Texas, rushed for 163 yards and scored twice to extend leads of 17-7 and 24-7. His 28 yard run during a tense, 10-7, game was the key play in that touchdown drive to answer Wisconsin’s only score of the day.  Dobbins also caught three passes for 58 yards.

Young, who also wears jersey No. 2, tied school records for tackles for loss with five and quarterback sacks with four while also forcing two fumbles and setting a personal best with six solo tackles.

Young, a junior from Upper Marlboro, Md., extended his lead nationally in quarterback sacks with 13.5 through eight games and increased his TFL total to 15.5 this season for negative 98 yards. His TFLs, TFL yardage and QB sack yardage (95 yards) also lead the nation.

In the process, Young became the only Ohio State player besides two-time All-American and Big Ten defensive lineman of the year Mike Vrabel to record at least 10 quarterback sacks in two seasons. Vrabel did it in 1994 and 1995.

Young was named the Walter Camp national defensive player of the week on Sunday.

Dobbins went over 1,000 yards on the season with his effort – he has 1,110 yards and ranks second nationally in both yards and average (138.8) – to become the first Ohio State Buckeye to top 1,000 yards rushing as a freshman, sophomore and junior. He passed Tim Spencer (3,553 rushing yards from 1979-82) to move into fourth place on Ohio State’s all-time list with Eddie George (3,768) and Ezekiel Elliott (3,961 yards) each inside of 400 yards away. Dobbins has 3,566 career rushing yards.


From a Big Ten release.

­­Following Big Ten football games on Oct. 26, the Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week and Co-Freshmen of the Week in the Big Ten were announced this morning. Below are this week’s honorees:

Offensive Player of the Week
J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State
Jr., RB, La Grange, Texas/LaGrange

  • Totaled 221 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in Ohio State’s victory against Wisconsin
  • Rushed for 163 yards, averaged 8.1 yards per carry and scored twice to become the first Buckeye to top 1,000 yards rushing as a freshman, sophomore and junior
  • Added three catches for 58 yards in the contest, an average of 19.3 yards per reception
  • Claims his second career Offensive Player of the Week award and second of the season
  • Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: J.K. Dobbins (Sept. 16, 2019)

Defensive Player of the Week
Chase Young, Ohio State
Jr., DE, Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic

  • Tied school records with 4.0 sacks and 5.0 tackles for loss in the Buckeyes’ win against Wisconsin
  • Improves his nation-leading quarterback sack total to 13.5, becoming the second Buckeye ever to record at least 10 sacks in two seasons and the first since Mike Vrabel in 1994 and 1995
  • Forced two fumbles and set a personal best with six solo tackles
  • Receives his second career Defensive Player of the Week honor and first of the season
  • Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: Chase Young (Oct. 1, 2018)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Blake Gillikin, Penn State
Sr., P, Smyrna, Ga./The Westminster Schools

  • Punted eight times for 354 yards in Penn State’s victory at Michigan State
  • Landed five punts inside the 20-yard line, including three punts inside the 10
  • Hit a 58-yard punt in the first quarter, his 50th career punt over 50 yards
  • Claims his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and second of the season
  • Last Penn State Special Teams Player of the Week: Blake Gillikin (Oct. 14, 2019)

Co-Freshmen of the Week
Jayson Oweh, Penn State
DE, Howell, N.J./Blair Academy

  • Notched two strip-sacks in the Nittany Lions’ win against Michigan State
  • Tied career bests with two tackles for loss and two sacks
  • Finished the game with three total tackles
  • Earns his first career Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: KJ Hamler (Oct. 1, 2018)

Johnny Langan, Rutgers
QB, Wayne, N.J./Bergen Catholic

  • Recorded 310 yards of total offense and three touchdowns in Rutgers’ victory against Liberty
  • Went 15-for-21 passing for a career-high 192 yards and the first two touchdowns of his career, including a 51-yarder to Isaiah Washington for a career-long completion
  • Rushed 21 times for 118 yards and a touchdown to become the first Rutgers quarterback with 100 or more rushing yards in a game since Sam Mudie versus Lehigh in 1961
  • Claims his first career Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Rutgers Freshman of the Week: Johnathan Lewis (Sept. 18, 2017)

5 Responses

  1. My JK tribute with due apologies to The Reverend Billy F. Gibbons and his team.

    Rumour spreadin’ ‘round in that Texas town
    ’bout that back who left La Grange
    and you know who I’m talkin’ about.
    He hit the road, came to O-H-I-O
    where backs with game will make a name.
    He’s gotta lotta nice moves.

    Have mercy.
    A haw, haw, haw, haw, a haw.
    A haw, haw, haw.

    Well, the runnin’s fine behind a whoopass line
    and JK’s cuts drop tacklers on their butts.
    A hmm, hmm. And I hear
    D’s are shittin’ bricks ‘bout his bagga tricks,
    but now I might be mistaken.
    hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm.

    Have mercy.

  2. The Heisman Trophy should just be given to The OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY. When or if has a college team ever had three legitimate Heisman Trophy candidates, all worthy of winning it. I am a Joey Burrow fan, so if we include him there are 4 legitimate Heisman Trophy candidates with OSU connections. I dare say this has never happened in college football. If one of the Buckeyes don’t win, then I hope Joey wins. I saw him play several times in high school. He is a good kid and I wouldn’t mind seeing a LSU vs OSU national championship.

  3. If Young and Dobbins weren’t the MVP’s, then there shouldn’t be that award.

  4. Chase Young and the defense were MVP in that game. The Buckeyes never needed another point after halftime. Chris Olave deserves just as much credit as anybody on offense for turning that game around and picking up crucial third downs, not to mention scoring the first touchdown to take the momentum and permanent lead into half time. Congrats to Young and Dobbins and recognition for Olave for an outstanding game as well.

  5. These kids deserve the acknowledgement. Congrats to both!

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