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Contextualization Of J.K. Dobbins’ 2019 Explosive Runs At Ohio State

Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins is rated as one of the top five at his position ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft and several fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping the team selects him should he fall to them at No. 49 overall in the second-round. On the heels of looking at and contextualizing career college explosive plays from a few other top running backs in this year’s draft class, today we’ll do the same for Dobbins’ runs of 20 yards or longer last season

In total during his college career at Ohio State, Dobbins registered 40 total runs that gained 20 yards or more. Only four of those came in his 2018 season. 20 came just this past season behind a very good Ohio State offensive line.

Below is the play-by-play contextualization of all 20 of Dobbins’ explosive runs from the 2019 season and a compilation video that includes each run is below the data for you to see and follow along with.

Dobbins’ 774 rushing yards on these 20 explosive runs accounted for 38.6 percent of the 2003 total rushing yards he registered in 2019. This means he averaged 4.37 yards per carry on his 281 non-explosive play runs.

Plenty of the 20 explosive runs from Dobbins in 2019 include the running back not receiving first contact until way down the field. In fact, on six of them he wasn’t contacted at all with four of them runs resulting in touchdowns.

You’ll also notice that a good portion of these explosive runs by Dobbins are made outside of the tackle box. Very few are made running between the tackles.

Dobbins isn’t an overly shifty running back as he’s more of a hit-the-hole quick kind of back that runs with power. While Dobbins doesn’t possess elite speed, he was able to run away from several defensive players he played against on these 20 runs.

YEAR OPP QRT TIME DWN DIST LOS YDS RES FC BT
2019 CIN 2 11:10 1 10 OSU 33 24 FD N/A 0
2019 CIN 2 7:26 2 9 OSU 40 60 TD N/A 0
2019 IND 2 10:00 1 15 OSU 20 56 FD 1 1
2019 IND 2 4:09 3 6 IND 26 26 TD 6 4
2019 MOH 1 5:16 2 4 MOH 26 26 TD -1 1
2019 NEB 2 2:46 1 10 OSU 46 24 FD 18 0
2019 NEB 3 7:35 1 10 OSU 33 26 FD 22 1
2019 MSU 2 2:24 3 2 OSU 33 67 TD -2 2
2019 MSU 4 13:27 1 10 MSU 49 29 FD 2 2
2019 NW 2 10:16 1 10 OSU 27 68 FD 17 1
2019 WIS 3 9:55 2 10 WIS 38 28 FD 22 0
2019 WIS 3 6:58 1 10 WIS 43 34 FD 1 2
2019 MD 2 0:52 1 10 MD 20 20 TD N/A 0
2019 PSU 1 12:00 1 10 OSU 9 22 FD 15 1
2019 MICH 1 11:07 2 10 OSU 25 34 FD 2 1
2019 MICH 3 14:51 1 10 OSU 25 41 FD N/A 0
2019 MICH 4 6:30 1 10 MICH 33 33 TD N/A 0
2019 WIS 2 7:03 2 10 WIS 32 24 FD 19 1
2019 CLEM 1 8:35 1 10 OSU 32 68 TD N/A 0
2019 CLEM 1 0:10 3 2 OSU 28 64 FD 33 1
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