J.K. Dobbins Breaks Maurice Clarett's Ohio State Record For Most Rushing Yards By A Freshman

By Dan Hope on December 2, 2017 at 9:17 pm

No freshman in Ohio State history has ever rushed for more yards in a single season than J.K. Dobbins has run for this year.

Needing just 48 yards to achieve the milestone entering Saturday's Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin, Dobbins became Ohio State's school record holder for rushing yards by a freshman, surpassing the previous record of 1,237 yards set by Maurice Clarett in 2002, on a 77-yard run in the second quarter of Saturday's game.

The true freshman running back from La Grange, Texas, broke the record in 13 games, two more games than Clarett played in his first season at Ohio State, but with one or potentially two games remaining for the Buckeyes, Dobbins should continue to extend his freshman record rushing total.

Dobbins is one of four Ohio State freshmen who have surpassed 1,000 rushing yards – having achieved that milestone against Michigan State – along with Clarett, Robert Smith and current redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber.

Top Freshman Running Backs in Ohio State History
Rank Player Yards Year
1 J.K. DOBBINS 1,272* 2017
2 MAURICE CLARETT 1,237 2002
3 ROBERT SMITH 1,126 1990
4 MIKE WEBER 1,096 2016

*Yardage total at the time Dobbins broke the record

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