Best Ohio State Offensive Player
RB JK Dobbins, Soph.
Any thought that Dobbins might need just a little while to shake the rust off after suffering a broken leg in his final high school season went away fast, ripping it up in spring ball and then destroying Indiana for 181 yards in the season opener.
The ultra-quick 5-10, 212-pounder finished the season with 1,403 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging over seven yards per run, highlighted by his 17-carry, 174-yard performance against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship. Versatile, he added 22 catches for 135 yards and a score.
He has the toughness to be a workhorse, but his role is best as the speed option while Mike Weber rotates into the mix, too. Get him the ball with space to move, and he’ll rip up yards in chunks.
2. OT Isaiah Prince, Sr.
3. WR Parris Campbell, Sr.
4. QB Dwayne Haskins, Soph.
5. RB Mike Weber, Jr.
Best Ohio State Defensive Player
DE Nick Bosa, Jr.
Had he been eligible and had he decided to come out early, he likely would’ve been a top five overall pick – flip a coin on whether or not the Browns would’ve taken him over Denzel Ward at the four.
He’s not quite the prospect his brother, Joey, was throughout his Ohio State career, but he’s not all that far off, with 6-4, 270-pound size and a gamechanging drive to get into the backfield.
He came up with just 34 tackles, but he rolled for 8.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss, taking over late in the season with 4.5 sacks in the final five games. And now the spotlight is on to dominate as the main man for the young and relatively inexperienced defense. That shouldn’t be a problem.
2. S Jordan Fuller, Jr.
3. LB Tuf Borland, Soph.
4. DE Chase Young, Soph.
5. DT Dre’mont Jones, Jr.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Dwayne Haskins, Soph.
Tate Martell will be more than happy to give it a try if Haskins isn’t quite up to the job, but from all indications, here’s the next great Urban Meyer quarterback.
the 6-3, 218-pounder has the next-level passing skills and arm to push the ball downfield even more than JT Barrett did, and he can run a little bit, too. He’s not going to be the dangerous playmaker in the open field like Barrett was, but with his smarts and his skills, he should take to the gig right away as the star of the loaded offense.
However, after four years of the often under-appreciated Barrett – and his 9,434 passing yards and 104 scores, and 3,263 rushing yards and 43 touchdowns – Haskins has a whole lot to live up to.
Key Game To The Ohio State Season
at Michigan State, Nov. 10
As always, the Michigan game is kind of a big deal, but that’s in Columbus. The Penn State game is going to be massive, especially because it’s on the road, but the Nittany Lions should take a wee step back this year.
And then there’s the TCU problem. The Horned Frogs have the talent and the attitude to come up with a massive win in Fort Worth in mid-September.
The Michigan State showdown in East Lansing might just decide the East title.
The Buckeyes destroyed the Spartans 48-3 last season, and they’ve won three of the last four going back to the 2013 Big Ten Championship. However, that loss in Indy cost OSU a shot at the national title, and the loss in 2015 kept it out of the College Football Playoff. Lose this time around, and that might end all CFP dreams, too.
2017 Ohio State Fun Stats
– Field Goals: Ohio State 17-of-21 – Opponents 7-of-13
– Rushing Yards: Ohio State 3,405 – Opponents 1,471
– Kickoff Returns: Opponents 82 for 1,428 yards – Ohio State 28 for 678 yards