Ohio State RB J.K. Dobbins joined Rutgers QB Johnathan Lewis as Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week after rushing for 172 yards in the Buckeyes’ win over Army on Saturday.
The total was his second-highest of the season. Dobbins ran for 181 yards in Ohio State’s season-opening win against Indiana. However, his performance against Army was his most efficient of his short college career. Dobbins averaged 13.2 yards per carry on Saturday, bringing his season average to 7.7.
He scored two touchdowns, including this 52-yard dash:
We thought Army was going to catch him….JK!
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) September 16, 2017
Dobbins has run for 425 yards on 55 carries in three games, and only trails Wisconsin freshman Jonathan Taylor among Big Ten backs in total yards.
“He’s a perfect tailback” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said after the game. “He’s a space player that we need.”
“He’s that home-run hitter that you want back there,” added Ohio State wide receiver Terry McLaurin. “If you do your job [blocking] on the perimeter, he’s going to make one guy miss. He’s going to turn on the jets and do what he does.”