Josh Dobbs gave Alabama a good scare during last year’s win over Tennessee in Knoxville.
Then a sophomore, Dobbs entered the game in the third series after second-string quarterback Nathan Peterman — filling in for injured starter Justin Worley — got the hook.
Alabama quickly built a 27-0 lead, but Dobbs found his groove and led the Vols to 17 unanswered points.
He finished with 267 total yards and two passing touchdowns, and the performance officially began his tenure as Tennessee’s featured quarterback.
On Wednesday, Alabama coach Nick Saban recalled Dobbs’ breakout game.
“He did a fantastic job against us last year,” Saban said. “He really played an outstanding game.”
This year, Dobbs has 1,469 total yards through six games — including 368 on the ground — and has kept the Vols in every game. Tennessee sits at 3-3, but its three losses were by a combined 12 points.
Saban said Dobbs has displayed better passing efficiency and understanding of the Vols’ offensive scheme.
“The guy’s really playing well,” Saban said. “You can tell he’s more confident. You can tell he’s probably improved as a passer a little bit.
“He’s just developed into a really fine quarterback.”
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