Mike Strange: First glimpse of Josh Dobbs merits another

Mike Strange
Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) runs with the ball escaping Alabama defensive back Landon Collins (26) during the second half Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.  (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) runs with the ball escaping Alabama defensive back Landon Collins (26) during the second half Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

Butch Jones continues to give the correct qualification on which quarterback Tennessee should play.

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underthehill writes:

The only sensible reason for not turning it over to Dobbs is his lack of physical maturity..his mental approach to the game far exceeds anything I have seen from Worley..his sense of what is going on around him goes far beyond his years..he needs to learn to slide to reduce the risk of injury..and he needs for the receivers to step up and make routine catches..

volbald writes:

It' really pretty simple. Dobbs looked like a football QB when he played - Worley didn't.

Volsreign1 writes:

The kid played a lot better than I thought he would. Like Strange, I've always thought Worley gave us the best chance to win, but after seeing Dobbs, I'm not so sure. Gonna trust the coaches on this one.

TNFaninFL writes:

I think Dobbs starts against Missouri... one reason, he can make plays with his feet which is what Butch has wanted from Day One. He handled the Alabama crowd fine, threw two nice passes that were dropped or his stats would have been even better. Besides, burning the red shirt to send him in for one half, makes no sense. Especially if Worley could have played as Butch said he could have, he put him in to see what he could do with the game out of hand. Butch will go with the future and start Dobbs.

blewissmith writes:

in response to TNFaninFL:

I think Dobbs starts against Missouri... one reason, he can make plays with his feet which is what Butch has wanted from Day One. He handled the Alabama crowd fine, threw two nice passes that were dropped or his stats would have been even better. Besides, burning the red shirt to send him in for one half, makes no sense. Especially if Worley could have played as Butch said he could have, he put him in to see what he could do with the game out of hand. Butch will go with the future and start Dobbs.

Agreed!

johndavid writes:

Why did anyone think Worley gave us the best shot to win?

Please don't say because he is older etc

What actual attributes would give him the edge over Dobbs or Ferguson?

Why doesn't some sportswriter ever write - ... Saw Dobbs in practice , he has a strong, accurate arm and is really fast, wonder why Jones doesn't play him? OH and really smart too!
Of course, I think alot of fans already knew he possessed those things.

jandjhome#228397 writes:

I have been preaching Josh Dobbs since Ausust, look at his high school films. Reminds me of Toney Robinson

Tennman78 writes:

Worley is a good kid, but was never going to be the future at QB. Dobbs showed he has the tools, and was able to do a lot against a formidable defense. We made a mistake with starting Peterman in the Swamp -- so learn from it. Start Worley but also establish that Dobbs will play at some point. If Worley can hit receivers instead of throwing behind them or over their heads, keep him in there longer (if we can score -- not just get a few first downs and punt).

If he doesn't play well, bring in Dobbs earlier and change the dynamics quickly. Either way, play him and get him some experience -- Worley will not be the QB next year after the others mature.

This would throw a major challenge at Worley -- not just a threat, and it would not throw an immediate pressure on Dobbs -- like we did Peterman.

STEELMAN4VOLS writes:

Dobbs did a good job in a "lion's den" of a debut. I didn't know what to expect, but didn't expect him to show such poise, and play with the confidence he had. And the young man made some plays.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to STEELMAN4VOLS:

Dobbs did a good job in a "lion's den" of a debut. I didn't know what to expect, but didn't expect him to show such poise, and play with the confidence he had. And the young man made some plays.

He certainly seems to have that "it" factor that we haven't seen in many Vol QBs lately. We knew he was smart and talented but we didn't really know how poised he would look on the field in real action.

However, let's not get ahead of ourselves. When he came in, the game was already out of hand. Bama was already playing some subs. It might have been different if he had come into that game as the starter. Maybe not, but now we will never know. I know I will be hoping for the best from him. If he does start against Mizzou, I hope he keeps that poise and doesn't get hurt. We will need him in the coming years, regardless of Saturday's outcome.

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