J.K. Dobbins hasn’t just been one of the best freshman in college football this season, he’s been one of the top players nationally. The talented running back was expected to make an impact early in his career, but he’s accomplished things that has surprised even him.
Late last weekend, Dobbins met with reporters to talk about his first season at Ohio State and the upcoming Cotton Bowl Game against USC. The freshman provided plenty of great answers, but some of the most interesting were about his success this season.
One reporter asked Dobbins if he could’ve envisioned his first season going this well.
“No, no, no. Not this much success,” Dobbins said. “I pictured a lot of success, but not this much this early.”
When he was asked again about his freshman campaign, Dobbins still seemed in shock that he put up such incredible numbers.
“I made a commitment to myself to work hard and get on the field,” he said. “I knew if I was myself I could do great things. But I did not know i could do things like this.”
Dobbins also attributed some of his success to an injury he sustained in his senior year of high school, saying that motivated him to be the best player he could be.
When the season concluded, Dobbins ended the year with 1,364 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns for the Buckeyes. His rushing total ranked second-best in the B1G, behind only Wisconsin freshman Jonathan Taylor.
Dobbins was a key cog for Ohio State’s success all season and showed off explosiveness and elusiveness against even the best defenses in the country. The incredible freshman season has many wondering what Dobbins will be able to accomplish as he continues to mature and develop throughout his career.
Who knows, Dobbins might even surprise himself a few more times before it’s all over.