Buckeyes Need Best Version of JK Dobbins This Year
Over JK Dobbins' first 100 carries at Ohio State, no Buckeye had ever been as productive. Those first 100 rush attempts brought 775 yards rushing, which was 87 yards more than the next closest Buckeye in school history. Dobbins rushed for a freshman record 1,403 yards for Ohio State in 2017, averaging a Big Ten-best 7.23 yards per carry.
The height of confidence is standing up in a hammock.
Maybe he's not going to be a 7.23 ypc guy again, and I'm certain he's not a 4.58 ypc guy either - so somewhere in between if my math is correct a 5.9 ypc guy, would be really nice and very doable. I think the o-line will have more cohesion this year and though the threat of a running qb makes it somewhat easier, that alone shouldn't be the predictor of a great running game. A great team dictates the line of scrimmage - as did the 2014 team with and without JT. Y
run blocking first 3/4 of season was basically atrocious; then it improved to meh; then finished at average. walter payton couldn't have done much last year. hopefully, this year will (has to) be better, but nothing last year was the fault of Dobbins or any other rb.
I'm glad that he's hungry and that you mentioned a number of causes for his slump in productivity from last year. Believing in someone is fine, more importantly is his work ethic, his skills and knowledge and an O that knows how to exploit him. I am looking for a year closer to '17 than '18.
That bunny rabbit silliness he added to his running style last year was also a big problem in his productivity. You can't plant and go if your feet are in the air. That pause in his stride took away his lateral quickness, which is his strength which allowed him to be taken down by even half ass tackles. What we saw in the Spring was both feet on the ground was who JK needs to be. Both feet on the ground also adds to his power which was completely missing from his game last year. He looked lethal in the Spring. Lets hope he remembers to be grounded when the season opens. It also didn't help having the worst drive blocking offensive line in Buckeye history in front of him. Dumbest move ever for a Buckeye line was moving Michael Jordan to center. Review the games. Michael Jordan had exactly 3 fairly decent games. The rest were troubling.
I'm 100% confident that this new Buckeye OLine is going to be a great one.
Dobbins is a real enigma... I don't know who he is or what to expect. Its been a tail of two careers and running styles so far. Hopefully he returns to the guy who debuted against Indiana. And hopefully he has regained some speed (because he began losing that as his freshman season progressed and has never regained it)
Right on, and if what you say is true, this O will be in the mold of OK and Clemson and even better with a power running game. Look what this O did the 2nd half against MD, MI and then the first half against WA. It began with an OL and a QB who added a small wrinkle of the run and the O took off!