Ohio State Spring Recap -- Is There Help For JK Dobbins?
Ohio State junior running back JK Dobbins had a down year (for him) last season as a sophomore, but returns this year more determined than ever to regain his dynamic freshman form. His running mate Mike Weber is now off to the NFL, so redshirt freshman Master Teague and true freshman Marcus Crowley spent the spring trying to fill that void.
The height of confidence is standing up in a hammock.
Demario McCall hasn't played much football the last 3 years...so if he is not healthy now, I doubt he ever will be. Just saying. Hopefully I am wrong.
I expect JK, especially in light of our QB situation, to have at LEAST 1700 yards rushing this season. Go Bucks!!
Didn't believe that any OSU running back had a down year last year Our OL and changed O game strategy made it hard to have a dual threat O. As OSU worked on the run with scrapes over NE and MSU, we saw the O come to life as Haskins learned to do basic running, evidenced in an OT win over MD and shredding of MI's vaulted D. I'm really not worried about Dobbins, but about the OL and a potent run-pass option.
There's a difference in playing hurt, than playing injured. In the spring they hold those back, that are hurt, so they aren't injured for the fall. He's got 2 years to show what he's got. He hasn't shown much to date, only flashes. As an upperclassmen it's time for him to go now. Maybe he'll be a legit return man. Something osu has needed for what seems decades.
As long as JK Dobbins plants and goes, rather than hop skip then go, he could be one of the very best tail backs in all of College Football. He definitely has rebuilt his frame to a guy who can go 3, go 4, go 4, go 80 consistently against any opponent. Now lets see if he can deliver it. If Demario can get and stay healthy he has the best field level vision of any skill player the Buckeyes have. He see's where defenders are going to be which forces those defenders to play precise or get toasted. Master Teague is a blend of a lot of things. Quicker than you'd think, more slippery than an eel, very strong lower body for punishing defenders, and very fast. Marcus Crowley has a really bright future if he keeps his eyes on the prize. He can see he's a hard worker and he's certainly not shy about contact. He may not play much this year but watch out starting next year. Better advanced strength and conditions in redistributing his body mass into a more upper level running back.......boom, the guy can become pretty special.
One thing is sure. The Buckeyes can ill afford a repeat of the 2018 running game. We'll see.