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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