December 31, 2019

J.K. Dobbins’ 2,003 Yards: He was Best vs. the Best

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior running back J.K. Dobbins capped a legendary three-year career with the Ohio State Buckeyes by becoming the first among a host of great running backs from the school to top 2,000 yards rushing in a season and only the 27th in official NCAA annals* to top the total. He is the ninth Big Ten running back with over 2,000 yards rushing in one season.

And Dobbins achieved his 2,003 rushing yards in 2019 by simply being the best against the best competition Ohio State faced during a 13-1 season that featured a third consecutive outright Big Ten Conference championship and a return to the College Football Playoffs.

Dobbins rushed for 100-or-more yards 10 times in 2019, including averaging 174.6 yards per game and 6.5 yards per carry with 11 touchdowns against six defenses that were ranked among the Top 13 rush defenses in the nation coming into the game with five of them Top 10. In order …

  • Dobbins rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown vs. Michigan State’s No. 4 rush defense;
  • He rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns vs. Wisconsin’s No. 1 rush defense;
  • He rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns vs. Penn State’s No. 4 rush defense;
  • He had a career-high 211 yards rushing and career-high four touchdowns vs. Michigan’s No. 13 rush defense;
  • He came back for another 172 yards and a TD in a Big Ten title game win over Wisconsin and its No. 7 rush defense; and
  • He capped his season and career with 174 yards rushing and a touchdown in the CFP semifinal vs. Clemson and its No. 9 rush defense.

2nd Only to Archie
Dobbins, a consumer & family financial services major who announced Dec. 30 via his twitter account that he would forego his senior season and make himself available for the 2020 NFL Draft, departs Ohio State firmly established as one of the great, great running backs and players in school history. The first Ohio State player ever to rush for 1,000 or more yards as a freshman, sophomore and junior, Dobbins finishes as the school’s second-leading rusher all-time with 4,459 yards, with the great Archie Griffin and his 5,589 yards the only player to run for more.

Dobbins averaged 106.2 yards per game over his career and he totaled 5,104 all-purpose yards, with both figures ranking second in school history. His 6.2 yards per carry for his career was also second-best among Buckeyes and his 43 touchdowns scored are tied for fifth with another Ohio State legend from Texas: J.T. Barrett.

Dobbins, a team captain in 2019, never missed a game in his three-year career and he started 40 of the 42 games in which he played. He rushed for 100-or-more yards 19 times and he caught 71 passes for 645 yards and five touchdowns.

Dobbins’ spectacular 2019 campaign included his being named a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and a first-team all-Big Ten performer. He was selected to virtually every All-America team, including a first-team berth on the Football Writers Association of America team.

Dobbins, 5-10 and 217 pounds, is from LaGrange, Texas, which is situated in between Houston and Austin, and a graduate of LaGrange High School.

*The NCAA did not count post-season game statistics until the start of the 2002 season.

J.K. Dobbins Career Rushing Stats
YearGP/GSAttemptsYardsAverageTDLong
201714/141941,4037.2777
201814/122301,0534.61042
201914/143012,0036.72168
Total42/407254,4596.23877

J.K. Dobbins Career Receiving Stats
YearGP/GSReceptionsYardsAverageTDLong
201714/14221356.1118
201814/122626310.1235
201914/142324710.7228
Total42/40716459.1535