Mark Blaudschun

In a normal year, he would be a strong favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. Right team (Ohio State), national exposure, playing for a national championship combined with impressive numbers.

But this isn't a normal year and Buckeye running back J.K. Dobbins will not win the Heisman. He might not even finish second or third, which sounds strange, unless you digest this tidbit: Dobbins might not be the best player on his TEAM.

That's what happens when you have a team with Justin Fields leading the offense at quarterback and lineman Chase Young anchoring a defense which has shut down almost everyone the Buckeyes played in rolling to a 12-0 regular season and the Big Ten East title.

Dobbin, a 5-foot--10 inch junior, has been the perfect compliment to what Fields has done with the Buckeye offense. For the season, Dobbins has ran for 1,657 yards and 19 touchdowns, averaging 6.6 yards per carry.

The problem, if you want to call it that, is that for everything that Dobbins does running the ball, Fields matches with passes or Young does with sacks or disruptive plays.

Take last week's annual beat down of Michigan. In a 56-27 victory,

Fields threw for four touchdowns and 302 yards, which is the way he has played all season, although he has seldom had to be part of the picture in the second half of games, which attests to the Buckeyes power.

That was just part of the picture. Dobbins matched that with 4 TDs and 211 yards and deserves his moment in the spotlight, which is what he will get as TMG's Newsmaker of The Week.


Mark Blaudschun