COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s duo of DE Chase Young and RB J.K. Dobbins were named on Wednesday to the Sporting News Preseason All-America Team. Young was a first team selection while Dobbins made the second team.
Young, a junior from Upper Marlboro, Md., is coming off a breakout sophomore campaign that saw him lead the team in both tackles-for-loss (15.5) and sacks (10.5). A second team All-Big Ten selection in 2018, Young had three of his best games down the stretch last season. In wins over No. 4 Michigan, No. 21 Northwestern and No. 9 Washington, he registered five tackles-for-loss, four sacks, one pass breakup, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble. His three sacks in Ohio State’s 45-24 victory over Northwestern tied the Big Ten Championship Game record. This fall, he’s looking to become just the second player in school history to record multiple seasons of double digit sacks.
A La Grange, Texas, native, Dobbins enters his junior season with 2,456 career rushing yards and 20 touchdowns. A second team All-Big Ten choice by both the coaches and media last season, Dobbins became the first player in program history to rush for over 1,000 yards as both a freshman and sophomore. In 2017, he set a freshman record by rushing for 1,403 yards and then came back last season to rush for 1,053 yards. His top performances last year included a career-best 203 yards and 37 carries in an overtime win vs. Maryland and 163 yards against Nebraska. Over his 28-game career, Dobbins has nine 100 yards outings and the Buckeyes are 9-0 in those contests.