Ohio State Football: J.K. Dobbins is Buckeyes’ 2017 offensive MVP

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Some may say JT Barrett was Ohio State football’s best offensive player, but J.K. Dobbins was the team’s offensive MVP in 2017.

Ohio State finished the season with wins over Michigan and Wisconsin to claim the Big Ten Championship. After beating Wisconsin, they were the odd team out as Alabama was the fourth-ranked squad in the College Football Playoff. I could get into an argument about that, but if you have been checking Saturday Blitz lately, most of my colleagues have tackled that situation already.

Ohio State finished the season fifth in the nation in scoring at 42.5 points per game. The Buckeyes also had a balanced attack which was sixth in the nation in total yards with 520 yards per game. If you watched a lot of Buckeyes football this season, sometimes the passing game would leave more to be desired.

Senior quarterback JT Barrett had a solid year and even played six days after having surgery to repair his MCL, but because of the up and down nature of his season, I decided to give the offensive MVP to freshman running back J.K. Dobbins.

If you look at the stats you might say that I’m crazy, but if you watched a lot of Ohio State this season, you would agree Dobbins is the MVP. In the Midwest, we get a lot of Big Ten games so we get a chance to critique on a weekly basis.

Dobbins’ 2017 stats:

Rushing: 181 carries for 1,364 yards and seven touchdowns on 7.5 yards per carry
Receiving: 22 catches for 135 yards and one touchdown on 6.1 yards per catch

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Dobbins was thought to be sophomore running back Mike Weber’s backup until a hamstring slowed him and after a great performance against Indiana, the rest was history. Besides being able to finish off the long run, Dobbins had an almost perfect season.

Sorry JT, J.K. is the offensive MVP year.