Ex-Ole Miss RB Judkins devotes to Ohio State
Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff WriterJan 9, 2024, 12:11 AM ET Close ESPN staff writer Signed up with ESPN in 2011
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Ohio State added some star power in the run game on Monday night with Ole Miss transfer running back Quinshon Judkins, who announced his commitment to the Buckeyes.Judkins is a real sophomore who entered the transfer website Friday, a rather surprising relocation considering the number of starters the Rebels are returning next season.Judkins was the team’s leading rusher the previous 2 seasons, running for 1,567 lawns and 16 touchdowns his freshman season in 2022. He ran for 1,158 backyards (which was 25th amongst all FBS running backs)and 15 goals(tied for 11th )this season.Editor’s Picks Ohio State’s run game dealt with injuries this season and completed ranked No. 88 in rush yards per game among
all FBS teams, averaging just 138.8 yards per game.The group’s leading rush, TreVeyon Henderson, who had 926 backyards and 11 touchdowns, hasn’t yet revealed whether he prepares to
leave for the NFL draft or come back for the 2024 season. The Buckeyes saw Chip Trayanum, who was 2nd on the group in rush yards with 373 lawns and 3 goals, transfer to Kentucky, but will return Dallan Hayden.Adding Judkins gives Ohio State an unbelievable one-two punch if Henderson does return, or it gives the group a clear No. 1 back if Henderson leaves for the NFL.
In any case, including Judkins gives the Buckeyes an experienced back with two seasons of eligibility who will assist enhance the run game in 2024.