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Name: Jacob Dobbs (Transfer from Holy Cross)
College: James Madison     Number: 27
Height: 5-11   Weight: 237
Position: ILB  Pos2: OLB/ST
Class/Draft Year: rSr/2025

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 Data Scout Notes: **2023: 11-19-23 Transfer from Holy Cross/DPOYC...2022: NAC...PBBuchanan/P1stFCSAA/P1stC...2021: DPOYC/1stC...2019: 2ndC/JerryRiceAwardWatchlist



 Jacob Dobbs, James Madison, Player News


  2023 PATRIOT LEAGUE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jacob Dobbs, Holy Cross, 5th-year, LB, Macomb, Mich./De La Salle,...2023 Stats: 9 GP, 123 tackles, 12.0 TFLs of 39 yards, 6.0 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 14 quarterback hurries,...The four-time All-Patriot League selection and two-time League defensive player of the year led the Patriot League and finished second in the FCS with tackles per game (13.7). Dobbs recorded at least 1.0 TFL and a half sack in each of his final six games of the season to finish second in the League in TFLs (12.0) and third in sacks (6.0). He eclipsed the Patriot League's career tackles mark in the second half of the Crusaders' season-finale against Georgetown, giving him 432 tackles, second among all active FCS players. Dobbs earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors four times and is a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the FCS defensive player of the year, for the second time in his career. - Patriot League Football

(DS#14 ILB) rSr/2025 ILB Jacob DobbsJames Madison
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  SEPT 19 PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORABLE MENTION: Jacob Dobbs, Holy Cross, Sr., LB, Macomb, Mich./De La Salle Collegiate,...Dobbs made a season-high 14 tackles, including a tackle for loss of 15 yards to help Holy Cross defeat Yale, 38-14. He posted his second straight double-digit tackle performance. - Patriot League Football

(DS#14 ILB) rSr/2025 ILB Jacob DobbsJames Madison
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  SEPT 12 PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORABLE MENTION: Jacob Dobbs, Holy Cross, Sr., LB, Macomb, Mich./De La Salle Collegiate,...Dobbs recorded 11 tackles in the Crusaders' 37-31 upset victory over FCS opponent Buffalo. He also notched 1.5 TFLs. - Patriot League Football

(DS#14 ILB) rSr/2025 ILB Jacob DobbsJames Madison
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  2022 PRESEASON STATS PERFORM FCS FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: LB - Jacob Dobbs, 6-0, 232, senior, Holy Cross (2021),...Dobbs was a finalist for the 2021 Buck Buchanan Award, finishing in the top 10 in voting. He was the 2021 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and earned All-Patriot League honors for the third straight year after a stellar junior year; he had 137 tackles, including 75 solo tackles and 17.5 tackles for loss, ranking in the top 10 in FCS last season in solo and total tackles. He additionally recorded 9.5 sacks, six quarterback hurries and three pass breakups, and paced a stellar Holy Cross defense that led the nation in total defense, allowing just 254.5 yards per contest. - Holy Cross Football

(DS#14 ILB) rSr/2025 ILB Jacob DobbsJames Madison
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  2022 PRESEASON BUCK BUCHANAN AWARD WATCH LIST: LB Jacob Dobbs, Holy Cross, Sr., 6-0, 232 (2021 Finalist),...Dobbs was a finalist for the 2021 Buck Buchanan Award, finishing in the top 10 in voting. He was the 2021 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and earned All-Patriot League honors for the third straight year after a stellar junior year; he had 137 tackles, including 75 solo tackles and 17.5 tackles for loss, ranking in the top 10 in FCS last season in solo and total tackles. He additionally recorded 9.5 sacks, six quarterback hurries and three pass breakups, and paced a stellar Holy Cross defense that led the nation in total defense, allowing just 254.5 yards per contest. Dobbs and the Crusaders will open the 2022 season on Sept. 2 with a nonconference road contest at Merrimack. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in North Andover, Mass. - Holy Cross Football

(DS#14 ILB) rSr/2025 ILB Jacob DobbsJames Madison
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  2022 PRESEASON ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL TEAM (COACHES): LB Jacob Dobbs, Holy Cross, Sr.,...Dobbs, a three-time All-Patriot League honoree, was named a first team All-American by Stats Perform in 2021, along with earning additional All-America honors from the AFCA, HERO Sports and the Associated Press. He was a finalist and finished in the top 10 in voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, presented to the nation's best defensive player at the FCS level. In 2021, he had 137 tackles, including 75 solo tackles and 17.5 tackles for loss. He additionally recorded 9.5 sacks, six quarterback hurries and three pass breakups. He ranked in the top 10 in FCS last season in solo tackles and total tackles, and paced a Holy Cross defense that led the nation in total defense, allowing just 254.5 yards per contest. - Holy Cross Football

(DS#14 ILB) rSr/2025 ILB Jacob DobbsJames Madison
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  Three-time defending champion Holy Cross finished atop the 2022 Patriot League Football Preseason Poll when it was announced by the League office on Tuesday. Fordham graduate student quarterback Tim DeMorat and Lafayette graduate student defensive lineman Malik Hamm received preseason offensive and defensive player of the year, respectively. The Crusaders (10-3, 6-0 PL) garnered 71 points and 11 first-place votes as they attempt to claim a Patriot League record fourth-straight League crown under defending coach of the year Bob Chesney. Fordham (6-5, 4-2 PL) was picked second in the preseason poll with 61 points and two first-place votes. Colgate (5-6, 5-1 PL) enters the 2022 season as the third-ranked team in the League with 50 points and one first-place vote. They finished second in the League in 2021 after being predicted to finish seventh in the preseason poll. - Patriot League Football

(DS#14 ILB) rSr/2025 ILB Jacob DobbsJames Madison
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  2021 ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB: Jacob Dobbs, Holy Cross, Jr.,...Dobbs, who was also named a finalist for the 2021 Buck Buchanan Award — presented to the top defensive player in FCS — paced one of the top defenses in all of FCS this season, ranking in the top 10 in FCS with 10.2 total tackles per game. This year, he has recorded 112 total tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss and eight sacks, along with six quarterback hurries and three pass breakups. A two-time captain for the Crusaders, Dobbs is now a three-time All-Patriot League selection, having earned second team honors in 2019 and first team honors in Spring 2021. - Holy Cross Football

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  2021 PATRIOT LEAGUE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Jacob Dobbs, Holy Cross, Jr., LB,...2021 Stats: 112 tackles (10.18 tackles/gm), 15.0 TFLs, 8.0 sacks, 3 pass breakups...Dobbs finished third in the Patriot League and 10th in the FCS in tackles per game (10.2) while leading the League in TFLs (15.0) and sacks (8.0)...The Buck Buchanan Award finalist led a Holy Cross defense that finished first in the League and second in the FCS in total defense (253.7), and 19th in the nation in scoring defense (19.0)...Dobbs received Stats Perform FCS National Defensive Player of the Week after finishing with 13 tackles, 4.0 TFL and 2.0 sacks in the Crusaders' win at Yale. He set a career-high with 21 tackles the following week in a win at Monmouth. - Patriot League Football

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  SEPT 20 STATS FCS NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jacob Dobbs, Holy Cross, LB, Jr., 6-0, 232, Macomb, Michigan,...Dobbs was the consistent defensive force as Holy Cross won at Yale 20-17, posting at least three tackles in each quarter and 13 overall. Four were behind the line of scrimmage for 18 yards in losses, including two fourth-quarter sacks. It was Yale's first game since 2019, when it had the fourth-highest scoring offense in the FCS, and the two-time defending Patriot League champ held the Bulldogs to only a field goal in the final 40 minutes. Dobbs has posted double-figure tackles in four straight games. Honorable Mention: Kelechi Anyalebechi, LB, UIW; Harrison Beemiller, LB, Northern Arizona; Markquese Bell, S, Florida A&M; Ty Boeck, LB, Chattanooga;Nick Cagnetto, S, Drake; Braydon Deming, DE, Illinois State; Tyrell Grayson, DB, Dixie State; Corione Harris, DB, McNeese; Jalen Mackie, LB, Dartmouth; Jalen Porter, LB, ETSU; Ryan Saddler, LB, Bryant; J.T. Whitmore, DE, Campbell. - STATS FCS Football

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  2019 ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): LB: Jacob Dobbs, Holy Cross, Fr.,...Dobbs has played in all 12 of the Crusaders' games at linebacker this season, starting every time. He leads the team with 82 total tackles, including 66 solo stops, seven quarterback sacks and 11 tackles for loss. Dobbs has also posted three interceptions, three fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and a pass breakup. Entering the postseason, he ranks second in the Patriot League in fumble recoveries, third in interceptions, sixth in sacks, seventh in tackles for loss and eighth in total tackles. - Holy Cross Football

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  NOV 25 PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER AND ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Jacob Dobbs, Holy Cross, Fr., LB, Macomb, Mich./De La Salle Collegiate,...Dobbs registered seven tackles, 2.0 TFLs, 1.0 sack and two interceptions in Holy Cross's 24-0 victory over Georgetown to clinch the 2019 Patriot League Championship...He returned an interception 56 yards for his first collegiate touchdown late in the second quarter to give the Crusaders a 14-0 lead. He also halted the Hoyas' final drive with an interception...Dobbs led a defense that held Georgetown to 233 yards of total offense. - Patriot League Football

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  2019 JERRY RICE AWARD WATCH LIST: Jacob Dobbs, LB, Holy Cross: 60 tackles (50 solo), 6 TFL, 3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 2 QBH, 3 FR, 1 FF (9 games),...Dobbs has started all nine of the Crusaders' games at linebacker this season, leading the team with 60 total tackles. He has also posted three quarterback sacks, six tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, an interception and a pass breakup. Dobbs leads the Patriot League and ranks third in the nation in fumble recoveries, while standing seventh in the conference in sacks, 13th in sacks and 13th in tackles for loss. Holy Cross (5-4 overall, 3-0 Patriot League) returns to action this Saturday, Nov. 9, when it plays host to Lafayette at 12:00 p.m. - STATS FCS/Holy Cross Football

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  SEPT 2/WEEK 1 PATRIOT LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Jacob Dobbs, Holy Cross, Fr., LB, Macomb, Mich./De La Salle Collegiate,...Dobbs recorded a game-high 13 tackles, including 10 solo tackles, in his collegiate debut at Navy...His 13 total tackles were the most by a Crusader playing in his collegiate debut in more than 15 seasons...Dobbs is tied for the Patriot League lead with 13 tackles after week one. - Patriot League Football

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