Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins has burst onto the scene as a freshman. He rushed for 181 yards in the Week 1 win at Indiana and then rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown against Oklahoma in Week 2.
Here is what you need to know about Ohio State RB J.K. Dobbins:
1. J.K. Dobbins is the first freshman running back to start at Ohio State since Maurice Clarett in 2002
The last freshman is a well-known name for Ohio State fans. Maurice Clarett rushed for 1,237 yards — a freshman record with the Buckeyes. Ohio State went undefeated, finishing 14-0 and upsetting defending national champion Miami in the Fiesta Bowl for the BCS National Championship. Dobbins then started Ohio State’s 49-21 season-opening win last week at Indiana. Through the first two games of the season, Dobbins leads the team with 253 rushing yards. He’s also averaging 6 yards per attempt on 42 carries. His long run of 35 yards is a team-high. Through the air, Dobbins has 3 catches for 23 yards.
2. J.K. Dobbins missed all but 1 play of his senior season in high school
Dobbins broke a bone in his right leg on the first play of his senior season, forcing him to sit out. However, he still had 5,149 rushing yards and 74 touchdowns in his high school career. Even with his injury, Dobbins was a top-50 consensus recruit for 2017. 247 Sports rated him as the No. 2 all-purpose back.
3. J.K. Dobbins was the first 2017 freshman to lose a black stripe
The young back was the first Buckeyes freshman to go through the rite of passage this year. Ohio State announced Dobbins losing his black stripe on Aug. 4. By losing the black stripe, a player is deemed to be a true Buckeyes player. Dobbins was one of nine freshman from the Buckeyes’ 2017 recruiting class to enroll early in January so he could take part in spring drills. Dobbins also committed to Ohio State before even seeing the campus.
4. J.K. Dobbins played at La Grange, the same high school as his late father
Dobbins followed his dad’s legacy by starring at La Grange in Texas. Dobbins’ late father, Lawrence, played on La Grange’s 1997 team that made the state semifinals. J.K. Dobbins led La Grange to two state playoff appearances.
5. J.K. Dobbins had two 2,000-yard seasons in high school
Dobbins, a 4-star recruit, rushed for 2,243 yards and 37 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2014. He then ran for 2,740 yards and 35 touchdowns in 2015 as a junior. He was named Class 4A All-State in 2015 by the Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association.
Dobbins also starred outside of Texas. He was the Nike+ football rating champion at the prestigious The Opening in Oregon.