It was a good weekend for Mountain State football products. Former South Charleston and Marshall football star Aaron Dobson caught seven passes for 87 yards in the Patriots’ win against the Buffalo Bills. The seven receptions ties a career high for the third-year NFL player, and the yardage ranks second in his career and most since Nov. 3, 2013.
All of last season, Dobson had three receptions for 38 yards, so he has already surpassed his 2014 production by Week 2. He’s also playing a ton. He saw 70 snaps against the Bills, second-most on the Patriots among wide receivers (Julian Edelman led the way with 75).
Meanwhile, Ryan Switzer keeps doing Ryan Switzer things:
That is Switzer’s first punt return for a touchdown since the 2013 Belk Bowl, when he took an 86-yarder to the house. It is also Switzer’s sixth career punt return for a touchdown, bringing him within two of the all-time Football Bowl Subdivision record of eight. That record is shared by Oklahoma Antonio Perkins and Texas Tech’s Wes Welker.
Switzer also caught a 34-yard touchdown pass, marking the second time in his career he has had a touchdown reception and punt return for a TD in the same game. Also, the 186 punt return yards set a North Carolina program record, breaking a 64-yard-old mark held by Bud Carson.
For the season, Switzer is second nationally in punt return yardage and the only player in the FBS with at least 150 yards receiving and a 150 yards on punt returns.