J.K. Dobbins toughed out high ankle sprain vs. Clemson in Fiesta Bowl
J.K. Dobbins was visibly injured in Ohio State’s Fiesta Bowl game against Clemson. In the second half of the College Football Playoff semifinal game, the Buckeye running back wasn’t his usual self.
During the NFL Scouting Combine meeting with the media, we now know why.
Wednesday, Dobbins revealed that he sustained a “very high ankle sprain” during Ohio State’s 29-23 loss to Clemson back in December. Though he was limited, he did his best to play through it and give the Buckeyes a chance to advance to the national championship.
Ohio State came up one touchdown short, losing 29-23 in the Fiesta Bowl, the team’s only loss of the season. Dobbins finished the game with 174 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries — a solid final performance in his Buckeye career.
According to Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch, Dobbins detailed the injury as “extremely painful,” but he wanted to continue to play.
J.K. Dobbins said he had a high ankle sprain vs. Clemson. Said it was extremely painful but he wanted to gut it out to help the team.
— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) February 26, 2020
That injury is likely to affect Dobbins at the NFL Scouting Combine. It’s unlikely that the running back participates in the 40-yard dash this week, as he wants to be at full strength — or as close to 100 percent as possible — to show off his speed. He’s still determining what other drills he’ll participate in during the event in Indianapolis.
Dobbins finished the 2019 season with 2,003 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground. He also caught 23 passes for 247 yards and two scores.