David Climer: Gutsy freshmen football players can face the media

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Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) gets a pat on the helmet from a Missouri coach Saturday following Tennessee’s 31-3 loss to Missouri at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo.

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Photos by Adam Lau/News Sentinel Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) gets a pat on the helmet from a Missouri coach Saturday following Tennessee’s 31-3 loss to Missouri at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo.

NASHVILLE — When Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs spoke to the gathered media, it was the biggest news of the week for UT football.

It wasn’t what he said; it’s that he actually said something.

Previously, true freshmen had been off limits to the media by order of Vols coach Butch Jones. And Jones isn’t alone. Keeping freshmen distanced from the media is becoming the norm, not the exception. Vanderbilt’s football program has a similar policy, as do a number of other SEC schools.

Some take it to the next level. Last year, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin kept a lid on Johnny Manziel, then a redshirt freshman, until his Heisman Trophy campaign kicked into high gear and it was determined that his access to the media might help secure more votes.

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Orange_Power_T writes:

Well this does sound like a media hack and maybe Climer should give some real thought to this other than making this about him.
Culture shock is a mild description of what freshmen go through. They get up early, weight training, run throughs, breaking down film, regular classes, practice, attempt to find time to complete class assignments, away from home, making new friends, being the underclassman, etc. What do you think they were doing this time last year? Life was fairly simple. Now imagine getting interviewed as much as the media would like, picking and choosing the right things to say, attempting not to get the big head, and all this stuff going on in the background. I think most coaches have it right by not letting media to have all access to all players, at a whim. They've got enough to get through. Let it be...you'll get your chance when the time comes.

BrassMonkey writes:

Glad Butch Jones is sticking to tradition....

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