Ohio St. star RB J.K. Dobbins leaving to enter NFL draft


Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins carries for a touchdown during the first half of the team's Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game playoff semifinal against Clemson on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins carries for a touchdown during the first half of the team's Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game playoff semifinal against Clemson on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Record-breaking Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins is leaving school early to enter the NFL draft.

Dobbins’ decision was expected. He announced it in a Twitter post Monday in which he thanked everyone at the university and said “coming to Ohio from Texas has been nothing short of a dream.”

Dobbins became the first Ohio State player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. He finished with 2,046 yards and could have had a lot more but sat for the second half of most regular-season games because they were early blowouts. He was a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his two seasons with the Buckeyes.

He ran for 174 yards and a touchdown in Ohio State’s 29-23 College Football Playoff semifinal loss to Clemson on Saturday but also dropped two passes that likely would have been touchdowns on drives that ended in field goals for the Buckeyes.

All-American defensive end Chase Young had previously announced that he would leave early to enter the draft. Young is expected to be a top pick.

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Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins carries for a touchdown during the first half of the team’s Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game playoff semifinal against Clemson on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/12/web1_124158750-e0c677778c8d403eab17281785fd85bc.jpgOhio State running back J.K. Dobbins carries for a touchdown during the first half of the team’s Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game playoff semifinal against Clemson on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)