While Kenneth Walker III was able to still survive and show out in the team’s first loss of the season, the game script heavily favored Ohio State in Michigan States 49-to-7 loss this past Saturday. Walker had by far his worst game of the season with a measly 6 carries for 25 yards and 1 reception for 4 yards.
Not often will teams give up six first-half passing touchdowns, so it makes sense that the Spartans abandoned the run early in the game. It’s difficult to judge how this game does impact Walker since this is likely the best defense he has played this season.
Walker, who is currently at 1,498 rushing yards, is likely to surpass 1,500 rushing yards for the season next Saturday against Penn State. There is also a possibility he surpasses the 20 rushing touchdown mark on Saturday as well as he looks to bounce back from his worst performance as a Michigan State Spartan.
In the win Sunday against the Jets, the Dolphins prioritized the run game more than they had in prior games this season. Running back Myles Gaskin rushed for 89 yards off of 23 carries. The Dolphins never had an overwhelming lead in this game, so it’s clear they wanted to make the effort to run the ball.
Walker should still be at the top of the Dolphins offseason runningback wishlist, but the team has stayed away from Jonathan Taylor and Najee Harris in the draft in the past years, so the obvious clearly isn’t obvious.