J.K. Dobbins Becomes Third Ohio State True Freshman to Rush for 1,000 Yards

By Dan Hope on November 11, 2017 at 2:23 pm
J.K. Dobbins

Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins has become the third true freshman in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.

The first-year Buckeye from La Grange, Texas, who had 914 rushing yards for the season entering Saturday's game against Michigan State, reached the milestone on a 35-yard run in the third quarter against the Spartans, which brought him over 100 rushing yards for Saturday's game. 

Dobbins joins Robert Smith (1990) and Maurice Clarett (2002) as the only true freshmen in Ohio State history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in their debut seasons.

Mike Weber also broke the 1,000-yard mark in his first year as a Buckeye last season, but he was a redshirt freshman at the time.

Dobbins achieved the milestone in just 10 games, leaving him well within reach of potentially breaking Clarett's school freshman rushing record of 1,237 yards. Clarett achieved the milestone in only eight games, but played in only 11 games; Smith achieved the milestone in 10 games, but played in only 12 games, whereas Dobbins could potentially play as many as 14 games this season, depending on whether Ohio State makes the Big Ten Championship Game.

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