Josh Dobbs, the quarterback signee from Alpharetta, Ga. who switched from Arizona State to Tennessee in the final moments before National Signing Day, was given a prestigious academic award Saturday in Los Angeles.
Dobbs, who will enroll at UT this summer, won the Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Award, which recognizes “premiere African-American male scholar athlete.”
Dobbs beat out four other nominees for the top honor.
Dobbs said he plans to major in aerospace engineering, and Tennessee coach Butch Jones said much of Dobbs’ visit to campus was spent discussing UT’s academics.
“He came in and one of the big things on his checklist was the education,” Jones said. “Did it fit his needs? The people in our engineering department did a tremendous job of selling him on what we had and showing him.”
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.