COLUMBIA, MO. • Jonah Dubinski wears his state pride on his sleeve, literally.
On the upper right arm of Missouri’s sophomore center is a tattooed outline of the state of Missouri. One word is inked underneath: Domus. That’s Latin for home.
Home for Dubinski is Columbia, and home’s heartstrings kept Dubinski in Columbia to play football even when his only option at Mizzou came with a bill for room, board and books. The 6-2, 280-pound offensive lineman from Rock Bridge High was too small to draw scholarships from Division I programs, but Dubinski gladly joined the Tigers as a walk-on in 2015.
“Something,” he said, “was telling me to come here.”
Two years later, he’s bigger at 295 pounds but still undersized by offensive line standards in the Southeastern Conference. That’s OK with teammates and coaches, who spent the first week of preseason camp lauding Dubinski like he’s an Outland Trophy candidate.
“We talk in the offensive line room that if we had 11 Jonah Dubinskis on this team on our offense we’d be one of the most hard-nosed offenses of all time,” right tackle Paul Adams said.
“He practices extremely hard,” offensive line coach Glen Elarbee said. “He takes care of his body. He studies. He’s probably the best note-taker that we have. … There’s a few limitations with his body, but he finds a way to try to overcome them.”
By following the oldest truth in football.
“Low man wins,” Dubinski said, “and it’s been that way since the beginning of time.”
“His pad level is unbelievable,” Elarbee…
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