If you wear jersey No. 2 for Ohio State football, congratulations! You were just named a preseason all-American by The Sporting News.
Junior defensive end Chase Young and junior running back J.K. Dobbins were both honored by the publication. Young is a member of the first-team, while Dobbins is a second-team honoree.
Young recorded 15.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks as a sophomore. Both numbers led the team.
Dobbins rushed for 1,053 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2018 while splitting time with Mike Weber. He is expected to get the majority of the Buckeyes’ carries this fall.
The full release from Ohio State is below.
Young, Dobbins Named to Preseason All-America Squad
Young is first team selection by Sporting News, Dobbins garners second team honors
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s duo of DE Chase Young and RB J.K. Dobbins were named 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 is 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 a sophomore. In 2017, he set an Ohio State 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 yard outings and the Buckeyes are 9-0 in those contests.