Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins is three games into his college football career and he already has been named a freshman performer of the week twice by the Big Ten.

The running back from La Grange, Texas, shared the award this week with Rutgers running back Johnathan Lewis.

Dobbins rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns, including a 52-yard TD sprint early in the second half, to help power the Buckeyes’ 38-7 win over Army on Saturday in Ohio Stadium.

“I felt like we got a lot of energy from that, the whole team,” Dobbins said of the long run. “We started clicking.”

He is eighth nationally in rushing (425 yards), after leading the Buckeyes with 181 yards in the season-opening win at Indiana and picking up the league’s freshman of the week award. He gained 72 in the loss to Oklahoma.

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An early enrollee from the 2017 recruiting class, Dobbins had suffered a broken ankle on the first play of his senior season in high school and missed the whole season. But he stepped forward in OSU's preseason camp while returning starter Mike Weber, a 1,000-yard rusher last year, dealt with a hamstring strain.

Dobbins has started the first three games as Weber has been brought along slowly. But did Dobbins see this kind of exceptional college launch coming?

“To be honest, no,” he said. “I knew I would get a good start, but I didn’t know it was going to be like this.”

The Buckeyes (2-1, 1-0), ranked No. 9 in this week’s coaches poll and No. 10 in the Associated Press media poll, host Nevada-Las Vegas (1-1) at noon Saturday.

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