Ohio State Overview: J.K. Dobbins is one of the top running backs in the Big Ten Conference and nationally and one can expect him to be in the conversation for national running back of the year honors in 2019 … Dobbins has put together two outstanding seasons in his first two years with the program … he set a freshman record by rushing for 1,403 yards in 2018 and then came back to rush for 1,053 yards in 2018 to become the first Ohio State back ever to have 1,000-yard seasons as a freshman and as a sophomore … another 1,000-yard season would match him with Archie Griffin as the only Buckeyes with three such seasons … a first-ever 2,000-yard season for an Ohio State running back would be extremely difficult, but it certainly looms for the talented Dobbins, who enters 2019 as the key cog in the running back room after Mike Weber was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys this spring … Dobbins is a veteran of 26 starts the past two seasons and has rushed for 2,456 yards to rank 19th in school history … an excellent receiver as well, Dobbins has 48 career receptions for 398 yards … has caught a pass in 13 consecutive games and in 20 of the past 22 contests … he has scored 20 career touchdowns, 17 of them via the rush … he posted a team-high 62 first down plays in 2018, including 52 first down rushes with high games of eight rushing first downs against both TCU and Nebraska … scored a career-best three touchdowns vs. the Cornhuskers … has nine 100-yard rushing games in his career and the Buckeyes are 9-0 in those contests … rushed for a career-high 203 yards off a career-high 37 carries in the overtime win at Maryland last season … had 163 yards vs. Nebraska and 121 vs. TCU … Dobbins started all 14 games at running back as a true freshman in 2017 on his way to the freshman rushing record while registering the second-highest yards per carry average – 7.2 ypc – in school history … Dobbins ranked seventh nationally in yards per carry and he was second in the Big Ten in rushing yards and yards per game (100.2) … a freshman All-American, he had six 100-yard rushing games with a high of 181 yards in his first game as a Buckeye, vs. Indiana … he was outstanding also vs. Michigan’s No. 3 ranked total defense (101 yards), Wisconsin’s No. 1 rated rush defense (174 yards) and Michigan State’s No. 3 rated rush defense (124 yards) … is majoring in consumer and family financial services.
Notable Note: In 2017, Dobbins became only the sixth true freshman to start a season opener for Ohio State. The others: RG Michael Jordan (2016), RB Maurice Clarett (2002), LB Andy Katzenmoyer (1996), LT Orlando Pace (1994) and QB Art Schlichter (1978).
Honors and Awards
2018: Second-team all-Big Ten Conference (coaches)
2017: ESPN Freshman All-American, second-team all-Big Ten (coaches and media)
More on J.K.: U.S. Army All-American J.K. Dobbins committed to Ohio State before seeing the campus … he enrolled in classes at OSU in January 2017 … Dobbins 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) … he was rated among the Top 5 running backs in the nation, including the No. 2 all-purpose back by 247Sports … he was the Nike+ football rating champion at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. … Dobbins 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 … he 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 … his mother is Mya Grounds.