J. K. Dobbins
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Dobbins with the Ravens in 2021
No. 27 – Baltimore Ravens
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1998-12-17) December 17, 1998 (age 25)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:La Grange (La Grange, Texas)
College:Ohio State (2017–2019)
NFL draft:2020 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Rushing yards:1,347
Rushing average:5.8
Rushing touchdowns:12
Receptions:27
Receiving yards:177
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

J'Kaylin Dobbins (born December 17, 1998) is an American football running back for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State and was selected by the Ravens in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Early years

Dobbins attended La Grange High School in La Grange, Texas. During his high school football career, he had 5,149 yards and 74 touchdowns.[1] He rushed for 2,243 yards and 37 touchdowns as a sophomore and 2,740 yards and 35 touchdowns as a junior.[2] He played in only one game his senior year due to an injury.[3] Despite his injury, Dobbins was a highly-touted four-star prospect, and received over twenty scholarship offers from Power Five conferences. All major recruiting websites ranked him in the top five among his 2017 class for his position and in the top ten for players from the state of Texas. 247Sports and ESPN.com ranked him as a top-50 recruit in the country.[note 1] After some speculation that he would sign with Texas or Oklahoma, Dobbins committed to Ohio State University to play college football.[4]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
J.K. Dobbins
RB
Houston, TX La Grange (TX) 5 ft 9.5 in (1.77 m) 196 lb (89 kg) 4.44 Mar 6, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 86
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: 66  247Sports: 46  ESPN: 44
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "J.K. Dobbins". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  • "J. K. Dobbins". 247sports.com. Retrieved February 3, 2021.

College career

2017 season

In his first game at Ohio State in 2017, Dobbins rushed for 181 yards on 29 carries against Indiana.[5][6] Dobbins had earned the start over the returning 2016 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Mike Weber who was recovering from an injury. In his first season, he eclipsed 100 rushing yards in six games and became only the fourth freshman in Ohio State history to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark in a season. During the 2017 Big Ten Football Championship Game, Dobbins overtook Maurice Clarett for the most rushing yards by a Freshman with his 174-yard, MVP performance. During a 24–7 Cotton Bowl Classic win against USC, Dobbins set the Freshman rushing record at 1,403 yards.

2018 season

Dobbins with the Ohio State in 2018

Despite a record-setting 2017 season, Dobbins' would once again split time with Weber during his Sophomore year. The time split paired with Dwayne Haskins' award-winning performance at quarterback led to a decrease in productivity for Dobbins. He ended the season with 1,053 yards rushing but remained the team's leading rusher.[7] Notably, he had his first 200+ yard rushing game against Maryland.[8]

2019 season

In 2019, Dobbins would enter his junior season with high expectations. These expectations were met when he went on to gain 100+ yards in ten games during the season.[9] This included a four-touchdown performance against Michigan that stemmed from 211 yards rushing.[10] He finished his season as the only Buckeye in history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season, passing Eddie George. Dobbins was a Doak Walker Award finalist and finished sixth for the Heisman Trophy.[11] He was named First-team All-Big Ten and First-team All-American as an All-Purpose player by the Football Writers Association of America.[12]

On December 30, 2019, Dobbins announced his intention to forgo his senior season and enter the 2020 NFL Draft.[13] He left Ohio State with a total of 4,459 yards rushing, which makes him second all time. He won four Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Awards, three Big Ten titles and two bowl games.

College statistics

Ohio State
Season Rushing Receiving
Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2017 194 1,403 7.2 7 22 135 6.1 1
2018 230 1,053 4.6 10 26 263 10.1 2
2019 301 2,003 6.7 21 23 247 10.7 2
Career 725 4,459 6.2 38 71 645 9.1 5

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span Bench press
5 ft 9+12 in
(1.77 m)
209 lb
(95 kg)
29+34 in
(0.76 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
23 reps
All values from NFL Combine[14]

2020 season

Dobbins was selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft with the 55th overall pick by the Baltimore Ravens.[15] The Ravens previously traded tight end Hayden Hurst to the Atlanta Falcons to acquire the pick used on Dobbins.

Dobbins in 2020

In his NFL debut against the Cleveland Browns on September 13, 2020, Dobbins had seven carries for 22 yards and scored his first two career rushing touchdowns in a 38–6 victory in Week 1.[16] In Week 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he had his first 100-yard rushing game with 15 carries for 113 rushing yards in the 24–28 loss.[17] He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on November 23, 2020,[18] and activated on December 4.[19] Dobbins first start in his career came in a Week 16 27–13 win over the New York Giants. He finished the game with 11 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown.[20] In Week 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Dobbins rushed for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns during the 38–3 win.[21]

2021 season

Dobbins suffered a torn ACL in the final preseason game against the Washington Football Team on August 28, 2021, and was placed on injured reserve a few days later.[22][23] Dobbins did not play the entire 2021 season and was put into rehab during his time off.

2022 season

Dobbins was cleared for full-time starter duty after missing the first two weeks of the season. However, he suffered another knee injury in Week 6 and was placed on injured reserve on October 22, 2022.[24] He was activated from injured reserve on December 10, 2022.[25]

2023 season

In the Week 1 game against the Houston Texans, Dobbins finished with 22 rushing yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with an injury. Immediately thereafter, it was revealed that Dobbins had suffered a torn Achilles, which prematurely ended his season.[26] He was placed on injured reserve on September 12, 2023.[27]

NFL career statistics

Regular season
Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2020 BAL 15 1 134 805 6.0 72T 9 18 67 8.3 19 0 2 0
2021 BAL 0 0 did not play due to injury
2022 BAL 7 7 75 427 5.7 44 2 7 42 6.0 20 1 0 0
2023 BAL 1 1 8 22 2.8 4 1 2 15 7.5 10 0 0 0
Career 23 9 234 1,347 5.8 72T 12 27 177 6.6 20 1 2 0
Postseason
Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2020 BAL 2 1 19 85 4.5 13 1 4 45 11.3 31 0 0 0
2022 BAL 1 1 13 62 4.8 15 0 4 43 10.8 27 1 0 0
2023 BAL 0 0 did not play due to injury
Career 3 2 32 147 4.6 15 1 8 88 11.0 31 1 0 0

Notes

  1. ^ ESPN only ranks the top 300 players in a given recruiting class.

References

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  2. ^ Davis, Danny (September 23, 2016). "JK Dobbins brings superstar quality to La Grange backfield". Austin American-Statesman. GateHouse Media. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  3. ^ Cantu, Rick (October 20, 2016). "Future Buckeye JK Dobbins missed by La Grange football team". Austin American-Statesman. GateHouse Media. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  4. ^ "JK Dobbins, No. 2 all-purpose back in Class of 2017, commits to Ohio State". USA Today. Gannett. March 6, 2016. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  5. ^ Greenstein, Teddy (September 1, 2017). "Freshman running back J.K. Dobbins steals show in debut for Ohio State". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  6. ^ May, Tim (September 1, 2017). "Ohio State-Indiana | J.K. Dobbins' freshman debut a highlight reel". The Columbus Dispatch. GateHouse Media. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  7. ^ "2018 Ohio State Buckeyes Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved February 20, 2024.
  8. ^ "Ohio State at Maryland Box Score, November 17, 2018". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved February 20, 2024.
  9. ^ "J.K. Dobbins 2019 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved February 20, 2024.
  10. ^ "Ohio State at Michigan Box Score, November 30, 2019". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved February 20, 2024.
  11. ^ Harrison, Phil (December 15, 2019). "Ohio State ends up with three of the top six in Heisman voting". Buckeyes Wire. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  12. ^ Harrish, Kevin (December 16, 2019). "J.K. Dobbins Named First-Team All-American By FWAA, Earning a Tree in Buckeye Grove". Eleven Warriors. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  13. ^ Murphy, Patrick (December 30, 2019). "J.K. Dobbins declares for the 2020 NFL Draft". Bucknuts. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  14. ^ "J.K. Dobbins Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  15. ^ Williams, Charean (April 24, 2020). "Ravens select Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins". NBC Sports. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  16. ^ Harrison, Phil (September 13, 2020). "J.K. Dobbins scores first career NFL touchdown". Buckeyes Wire. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  17. ^ "Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens - November 1st, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  18. ^ Mink, Ryan (November 23, 2020). "Ravens Place Mark Ingram, J.K. Dobbins, Brandon Williams on Reserve/COVID-19 List". BaltimoreRavens.com. Retrieved December 29, 2020.
  19. ^ Brown, Clifton (December 4, 2020). "Ravens Activate Four From Reserve/COVID-19 List". BaltimoreRavens.com. Retrieved December 29, 2020.
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  21. ^ "Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals - January 3rd, 2021". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  22. ^ Baca, Michael (August 29, 2021). "Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins out for season with torn ACL". NFL.com. Retrieved August 29, 2021.
  23. ^ Oestreicher, Kevin (August 30, 2021). "Ravens officially release three players, place RB J.K. Dobbins on injured reserve". Ravens Wire. Retrieved September 2, 2021 – via USA Today.
  24. ^ Brown, Clifton (October 22, 2022). "Ravens Activate Gus Edwards; J.K. Dobbins Placed on Injured Reserve". BaltimoreRavens.com.
  25. ^ "Ravens cut Mike Davis with J.K. Dobbins returning". NBC Sports. December 10, 2022. Retrieved February 20, 2024.
  26. ^ Baca, Michael (September 10, 2023). "Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins suffers torn Achilles in win over Texans". NFL.com. Retrieved February 20, 2024.
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