J.K. Dobbins Has Most Rushing Yards For a True Freshman in Debut, Passing Maurice Clarett

By Kevin Harrish on August 31, 2017 at 11:31 pm
J.K. Dobbins passes Maurice Clarett

We didn't have to wait long for J.K. Dobbins' coming out party.

Playing in place of the injured Mike Weber, Dobbins exploded in the season opener against Indiana, rushing for more yards in his debut than any true freshman in Buckeye history.

After a relatively slow start where his first nine carries went for under five yards, Dobbins finally broke loose midway through the second quarter, jump-cutting his way to a 35-yard rush.

Dobbins finished the game with 181 yards on 29 carries, topping Clarett's 175 yards against Texas Tech in 2002.

The performance was not only a record-breaking debut for a freshman, it stacks up against some of the top rushing games ever by a true freshman at Ohio State.

Most Rushing Yards By True Freshmen
Player Yards Opponent
Archie Griffin 239 North Carolina
Maurice Clarett 230 Washington State
J.K. Dobbins 181 Indiana
Robert Smtih 171 Wisconsin
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