By Jason Yellin
Vols quarterback Joshua Dobbs is one of 93 student-athletes nominated for the 2015 Wuerffel Trophy, college football’s top community service award. Dobbs is currently a junior pursuing a major in Honors Aerospace Engineering and a minor in Business Administration. He is also a member of the University’s Chancellor’s Honors Program. He was named to the 2013-2014 Southeastern Conference Freshmen Honor Roll and the 2014-2015 Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll. He has also been named a VOLScholar in his first two years at Tennessee which signifies having earned above a 3.0 GPA.
In the community, Dobbs has been active in numerous service initiatives including the following: Educators for Excellence – Reach Them to Teach Them, WomEngineers Day, the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, Prayers for AJ Cucksey, Read Across America, Special Olympics Knoxville, Beads of Courage and Habitat for Humanity.
Dobbs has also been named as a nominee for Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, the most esteemed off the field honor in college football. For 24 years, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team has recognized college football players from across the country who exemplifies a superior commitment to community service and volunteerism.
On the field, Dobbs comes off a decorated week in which he earned seven honors including Walter Camp National Player of the Week, Athlon National Player of the Week and Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week after leading Tennessee to a dramatic 38-31 comeback win over #19 Georgia with 430 total yards of offense and five total touchdowns.
In that Georgia game, Dobbs had his second game with 300 passing yards and 100 rushing yards. He is one of three SEC players over the last 20 years to have 300 yards passing and 100 yards rushing a game (with Johnny Manziel & Tim Tebow), accomplishing the feat vs. Georgia in 2015 and South Carolina in 2014.
The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented annually by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach. Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel, from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.