Former La Grange Star, J.K. Dobbins, Forgoes Senior Year at Ohio State

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Former La Grange Star, J.K. Dobbins, helped No. 2 Ohio State make it to the postseason and now he hopes to do the same to for the NFL team that calls his name on one of the draft days.  

Dobbins announced on Twitter two days after Ohio State’s 29-23 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff Semifinal that he plans to enter the 2020 NFL Draft. 

“I will forever be a buckeye!” Dobbins tweeted with a attached photo of a longer message that contained more detailed acknowledgements. 

Dobbins was named a Doak Walker Award finalist after rising for a Ohio State (13-1) recored 2,003 yards this season, including 174 against Clemson (14-0). The junior finished with two first place votes in the final Heisman Trophy voting and was named a 2019 Associated Press Second Team All-American. 

He finishes his career at Ohio State with 4,459 yards and 38 touchdowns on 725 carries and is currently listed as the No. 3 ranked draft-eligible running back on ESPN Draft Analyst Mel Kiper Jr.’s board and the No. 24 overall prospect on the Scouts Inc. rankings. 

Dobbins was a La Grange legacy and helped the school two playoff appearances following in the footsteps of his father who was a member of La Grange’s 1997 state semifinal team. 

He rushed for 5,149 yards and 74 touchdowns despite missing most of his senior year at La Grange with an injury. 

Dobbins became only the sixth true freshman to make the Buckeyes season opening starting roster on Aug. 31, 2017 against Indiana, but it was the way he finished that made him a household name to many college football fans outside of the Midwest. 

Dobbins’ semifinals performance against Clemson came in game where he sustained an ankle injury. He combined for 118 carries, 714 yards and eight touchdowns during his last four collegiate games against No. 10 Penn State (11-2), No. 14 Michigan (9-3), No. 8 Wisconsin (10-3) and Clemson. 

Dobbins 172 yards and a touchdown against Wisconsin earned him Big 10 Championship Game MVP honors. 

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