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Ohio State’s Barrett, Dobbins pick up Big Ten weekly awards

Despite a rocky first half, the pair proved there is plenty to be excited about this season.

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Matt Tamanini Matt Tamanini is the co-managing editor of Land-Grant Holy Land having joined the site in 2016.

Following Ohio State’s season opening 49-21 win on the road in Bloomington, Ind., two Buckeyes were honored with Big Ten weekly awards: quarterback J.T. Barrett and running back J.K. Dobbins.

First, Barrett shared the Week 1 Offensive Player of the Week award with Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. After a slow first half for the Buckeyes, Barrett finished the first game accounting for 365 total yards (including 304 through the air) and four touchdowns (three passing).

The award was Barrett’s seventh Offensive Player of the Week award, the fourth-most in conference history. Barkley had 246 all-purpose yards (172 rushing, 54 receiving, 20 on kick returns).

Next, Dobbins was honored in his first collegiate game after setting an Ohio State record for rushing yards by a freshman with 181 on 29 carries, breaking the previous mark held by Maurice Clarett. Dobbins joined Clarett as the only two OSU true-freshmen to start at running back.

The La Grange, TX-native averaged 6.2 yards per carry, and had two receptions for 24 yards. The last Buckeye to win the Freshman of the Week honor was Mike Weber on Nov. 21, 2016. Weber did not play against Indiana due to an ongoing hamstring injury.

No. 2 Ohio State will next take to the field on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC against No. 7 Oklahoma in a rematch of last year’s game in Norman, Okla. ESPN’s “College Gameday” will be on hand for the second Buckeye game in a row this season.