By Stephen K. Lee
After leading the Volunteers to a comeback win over Georgia, Joshua Dobbs has earned plenty of national recognition.
The junior quarterback was named Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week, he was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week and he earned the Davey O’Brien Award Quarterback of the Week. He also received praise from Athlon Sports, the Manning Award and was a nominee for the Capital One Impact Performance of the Week. Additionally, he was named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Offensive Player of the Week.
On the season, Dobbs ranks first in the SEC among quarterbacks in rushing with 368 yards in six games. Despite all the recognition, Dobbs acknowledged that he wouldn’t be in this position without a little help.
“I understand that I couldn’t have had those numbers and those awards without my teammates; receivers making plays, lineman opening holes, and everyone playing good all-around football. I know those awards aren’t just on me, they reflect our whole offense and how productive we were this weekend.”
Offensive Coordinator Mike DeBord credits Dobbs’ temperament for his stellar performance during the Georgia comeback surge.
“No matter what, he is even-keeled all the time,” said DeBord, “There are no highs and lows with Josh. Whether you are ahead or behind you know what you are going to get.”
Playing at the marquee position at the University of Tennessee comes with its pressures both internally and externally, but they have yet to affect the Alpharetta, Georgia, native.
“His mindset is different than other peoples,” said wide receiver Josh Smith. “He doesn’t pay attention to anything. He knows himself. He knows what he can do and what he is capable of doing. He doesn’t care about what the outsiders think. None of us care because we know exactly how he is. We are all confident in him.”