J.K. Dobbins


Player profile

  • Height 5-10
  • Weight 217
  • Hometown La Grange, Texas
  • Last School La Grange
  • Year Junior

Ohio State Career Overview
• In 2019 became the first running back in school history to top the 2,000-yard mark, finishing with 2,003 yards and 21 touchdowns for the 13-1 Buckeyes
• Finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting
• Had 10 100-yard rushing performances during his junior season, including a career-high 211 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-27 win at No. 10 Michigan
• Ranked third nationally in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns
• Had seven rushes of 40 yards or more, including a 68-yard TD run in the first quarter of the CFP Semifinal vs. Clemson
• Averaged 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
• Is the first Ohio State player ever to rush for 1,000 or more yards as a freshman, sophomore and junior
• Finished his career 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
• 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
• Never missed a game in his three-year career and he started 40 of the 42 games in which he played
• Rushed for 100-or-more yards 19 times (Ohio State was 18-1 in those games) and he caught 71 passes for 645 yards and five touchdowns
• Eclipsed 100 rushing yards in  six games and became only the fourth freshman in Ohio State history to eclipse the 1,000 yard rushing mark in a season
• Finished his inaugural season with 1,403 yards, a Ohio State freshman record.

Honors & Awards
2019: Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award winner, First Team All-Big Ten (media and coaches), First Team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, Doak Walker Award finalist
2018: Second Team All-Big Ten (coaches)
2017: ESPN Freshman All-American, Second Team All-Big Ten (coaches and media)

More on J.K.
• U.S. Army All-American who committed to Ohio State before seeing the campus
• Enrolled in classes at Ohio State in January 2017
• Missed all but one play of his senior season after breaking a bone in his right leg, but 5,149 rushing yards and 74 touchdowns during his first three seasons for coach Matt Kates carried him to consensus 4-star recognition and Top 50 status nationally among all players in this class (No. 43 overall by 247Sports and No. 44 by ESPN)
• Was the Nike+ football rating champion at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore.
• Had 2,740 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns as a junior and 2,243 yards and 37 TDs as a sophomore in 2014
• He was named Class 4A all-state in 2015 by both the Texas Sports Writers Association and the Associated Press
• Helped La Grange to two state playoff appearances approximately two decades after his late father, Lawrence Dobbins, played on La Grange’s 1997 state semifinalist team
• Is the son of Mya Grounds and the late, Lawrence Dobbins