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Ohio State football: Buckeyes get LeBron shoes for Christmas; J.K. Dobbins wants more

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Buckeyes receive LeBron James shoes as Christmas gift

They were not under a tree, but Ohio State football players got some pretty nice gifts on Christmas. The Buckeyes got some new pairs of LeBron James’ signature shoes during the holiday.

James, an Akron native and longtime Buckeyes fan, has a long history of hooking up Ohio State with gear. The Buckeyes wore some of the NBA superstar’s cleats during games this season, starting in the Oklahoma game.

J.K. Dobbins is hungry for more

Even before Ohio State faces USC in the Cotton Bowl on Friday, running back J.K. Dobbins has put together an impressive season on the stat sheet. The freshman has totaled 1,364 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns on 181 carries in 13 games. Dobbins eclipsed the 170-yard mark on three occasions, including when he ran for 174 yards against Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game.

Land of 10’s Austin Ward explained why Dobbins is just getting started in Columbus.

And at the risk of setting the bar too high based on his early success, Dobbins is going to enter his sophomore campaign on the preseason short list to make the jump into the Heisman Trophy contention. He’s going to be the focal point on offense after another offseason to develop and with an attack that will be breaking in a new quarterback

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Ohio State’s best quotes of 2017

From some new and memorable lines from Urban Meyer to Buckeyes defensive tackle Robert Landers explaining he’s just “thick around the edges,” there were some great Ohio State quotes in 2017. Eleven Warriors chronicled the best Ohio State quotes of the year.

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