2 J.K. Dobbins

J.K. Dobbins Ohio State
usaUnited States
La Grange, TX
High School
La Grange
Past Teams
Ohio State
2017, 2018, 2019

Post-OSU Update: J.K. Dobbins left Ohio State with one year of eligibility remaining to enter the 2020 NFL Draft. Dobbins was selected by the Ravens with the 55th overall pick (2nd round). He had a successful rookie season, rushing for 805 yards (6.0 ypc) and nine touchdowns. Since then, injuries have hit Dobbins hard as he missed the 2021 season due to a preseason ACL tear. In 2022, he suffered another knee injury halfway through the season and missed the rest of the year. In 2023, Dobbins tore an Achilles in Week 1 and was lost for the entire season. (updated: Feb. 2024)

Major: Consumer and Family Financial Services (2019), Undeclared (2018)

Weight: 217 (2019), 214 (2018), 199 (2017)

2019 Media Guide: 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.

2018 Media Guide: J.K. Dobbins had one of the outstanding seasons ever for an Ohio State Buckeye – regardless of position – and he is poised to be even better in 2018 as a true sophomore … all Dobbins did last year was start all 14 games at running back as a true freshman, set the Ohio State freshman rushing record with 1,403 yards and register 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) … named a game “champion” by OSU coaches eight times and was player of the game vs. Indiana and Wisconsin … led the team with 16 plays from scrimmage over 20 yards, including four rushes over 50 yards with a long of 77 vs. Wisconsin … Dobbins is 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).

2017 Media Guide: J.K. Dobbins was one of nine freshmen from the 2017 recruiting class to enroll in classes at Ohio State in January and thus take part in spring drills … he had a fine spring and drew the attention of coaches and staff … he is exploring majors.

High School: U.S. Army All-American J.K. Dobbins committed to Ohio State before seeing the campus … 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. … finishing second was another Texas and Ohio State recruit: Jeffrey Okudah … statistically, 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.

Personal: His mother is Mya Grounds.


SeasonTeamGGSRush AttRush YdsRush AvgRush TDRecRec YdsRec AvgRec TDLng2 Pt ConvFumLost
2017Ohio State141419414037.27221356.1177011
2018Ohio State141223010534.6102626310.1242011
2019Ohio State141430120036.7212324710.7268032